Separatists Fume As UN Drops Kashmir From Pending Disputes List15 November 2010
Srinagar: Separatists are seething over the United Nations’ (UN’s) decision to drop Jammu and Kashmir from a list of long-pending international disputes. The Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has asked secretary general Ban Ki-moon to clarify UN position on the issue since its security council has adopted 18 resolutions on Kashmir. “I think there is some technical mistake. Otherwise, it is not possible to drop Kashmir from the list. Around 18 resolutions have been adopted by the UN on Kashmir. How can they deny it now?” Mirwaiz said. The moderate Hurriyat chairman said the UN could not shrug its Kashmir responsibility, particularly since its military observers group in India and Pakistan was stationed on both sides of the line of control. “In such a scenario, it is highly impossible for the UN to drop Kashmir. I sincerely believe it is a mistake and they will have to rectify it. The UN secretary general should step in and clear the air,” he said. The hardline faction of Hurriyat led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani also exuded hope that the UN would rectify the “mistake”. “We got a call from reliable sources that the dropping of Kashmir from the list was a mistake committed inadvertently. Pakistan too has lodged a complaint, which has been accepted,” Ayaz Akbar, spokesman for the Geelani-led Hurriyat, said. Akbar said there was no question of the UN backing out on Kashmir. “It is a mistake and a big mistake. We have got a phone call that the UN is rectifying it,” he said. Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Yasin Malik, who spearheads a campaign for independent Jammu and Kashmir, said they were verifying details. “We are trying to find out whether it is a technical error. Unless we get details we cannot comment,” he said. Media reports suggested Pakistan had lodged a complaint saying the UN decision was equivalent to negation of the “indigenous freedom movement of Kashmiris”.