‘Don’t Worry If Big Powers Ignore Kashmir’, Geelani5 November 2010
Srinagar: Calling for “civil curfew” for next three days, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Friday said, “even if the world’s influential powers don’t heed the Kashmir dispute it will still continue to threaten the world peace.” In an apparent reference to indications that the U.S. would share Indian concerns on Kashmir, Geelani said, “Those fighting for a noble cause don’t bother who supports them and who does not. We should to feel upset because the world situation is not going to remain the same forever. A great British Empire of yesteryears has reduced to just an island and the USSR does not exist on world map.” He said the Kashmir issue in its unresolved state poses more threat to the world peace. “Even if the influential powers and the world have not been paying the deserved attention towards Kashmir dispute, they should bear it in mind that Kashmir dispute will continue to pose threat to the peace and stability not only to South Asia but to the whole world,” he said. Asking people to observe “civil curfew” on November 6, 7 and 8, Hurriyat spokesman quoted Geelani as saying that November 6, 1947 reminds Kashmir of its bruised and tragic past, when thousands of innocent Muslims were slaughtered in south Asia particularly in Jammu. “People should tell the world that Kashmir dispute is not the creation of Hurriyat but the strings and roots of this festering dispute are linked with the partition of sub-continent”, Geelani said, adding if India and British had not resorted to deceit and disguise at that time, thousands of Kashmiris would have escaped slaughter and many would not have been forced to migrate. “When today we remember those innocents who were killed in 1947, we should not forget that with every passing day Kashmir dispute is becoming more critical”, he said. “People should bear it in mind that they are fighting for a just cause and those fighting noble causes are not fearful of the changing situations. The nations fighting noble cause don’t mind if any one supports them or not. The history is witness that nations fighting for just causes and freedom have never lost. The sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris won’t go waste and are bound to bear the results,” added Geelani.