February 2019 News

After Mirwaiz, Pak FM Now Calls Geelani

3 February 2019
Kashmir Reader

Srinagar: Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi called on Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani over phone on Saturday evening and discussed the current 'volatile' situation in Jammu and Kashmir, a spokesperson of the amalgam said. Qureshi last week called the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and spoke about Islamabad's efforts to highlight the 'human rights violations' in Jammu and Kashmir. This raged India which summoned Pakistan High Commissioner to lodge a protest over the telephone call. In response, Pakistan also summoned Indian High Commissioner in Islamabad to lodge a protest over New Delhi's move. The Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said Geelani during the phone call with Qureshi thanked Pakistan for its moral, political and diplomatic support to the 'just' cause and struggle of Kashmiris since 1947. 'We pray to Almighty Allah for peace, strength, stability, progress and prosperity of Pakistan, for a strong and stable Pakistan is very important for the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute,' the spokesperson quoted Geelani as having told Qureshi. He said Hurriyat chairman also expressed hope that the new government (in Pakistan) 'shall leave no stone unturned to safeguard the basic and fundamental rights of the oppressed and suppressed people of Jammu and Kashmir'. Syed Ali Geelani asked Pakistan FM to take cognisance of the 'deteriorating' human values and prevailing bloodshed in J&K and urged him to activate the countries embassies all over the world to highlight (Kashmir) issue and the 'atrocities' the people of the State face, the spokesperson said. 'He (Geelani) also expressed hope that if Pakistan makes its sincere efforts to highlight the Kashmir issue on international level, the world leadership will play a positive role regarding the settlement of this long pending dispute in accordance to the wishes and aspirations of the people of the state,' he said. The statement said that Hurriyat chairman asked the Pakistan Foreign Minister that 'the repressive measures adopted by the Indian government in Kashmir had compelled the people of Kashmir to resist through peaceful means'. 'The authorities in the state have crossed all limits, people and leadership is caged and voices strangulated, hence it is the duty of Pakistan to represent our aspiration, in every corner and on all world forums,' it said. The statement added, 'Geelani in his appeal to the people of Pakistan asked them to maintain peace and work for the prosperity of the nation and serve and respect minorities. He stressed for the cordial relation between Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran and said that the best relation between these countries will lead the region to overall stability, peace, development and progress.' In his response, Pakistan Foreign Minister assured Hurriyat chairman that Islamabad 'will raise strong voice to highlight Indian aggression and brutalities' being perpetrated against the people of Jammu and Kashmir. 'Pakistan will continue to extend its political, moral and diplomatic support to Kashmiris for their right to self-determination in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions,' the spokesperson quoted Qureshi as having told Geelani. In yet another provocative move, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi spoke to hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani and discussed the Kashmir issue, the Foreign Office said here on Sunday, days after he made a similar phone call to a separatist leader that angered India. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Foreign Office in a statement said that Qureshi and Geelani discussed about an international conference to be held in London to 'express solidarity with the Kashmiri people'. 'Foreign Minister Qureshi spoke to the senior leadership of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference on telephone before his departure for London to attend international activities to be held there in connection with the Kashmir Day,' the statement said.