‘Kashmir a human, political not territorial dispute’
A meeting of joint resistance leadership was held on Friday at the residence of Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani at Hyderpora here.
A statement issued by the joint resistance leadership including Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik said, “After initial reluctance by authorities to let Mirwaiz and Malik meet Geelani to enquire about his health and discuss the situation in the valley, this is the first time that the leadership was allowed to meet together this year by authorities.”
The leadership said the lingering Kashmir dispute is a human and political issue not a territorial dispute. “As far as a sincere, meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process among the three parties to the dispute is concerned, they were never against it and saw it as a means of conflict resolution,” they said.
The leadership regretted that instead of creating a conducive environment for such a process, New Delhi sees the issue as a law and order and administrative problem and as such is focused on enhancing its military power by providing war headed helicopters to be used against Kashmiri people raising slogans for the right to self-determination.
“This military approach results in continued killing, maiming, blinding and injuring of people,” the leadership said. “Political activists have been jailed and peaceful political activities are prohibited; every nook and corner of the state has been turned into a garrison and a battlefield.”
In this grim situation, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said, the “rhetoric” to hold a dialogue for the permanent resolution of Kashmir issue is an “excuse to flee” from the dialogue table and put the onus on the resistance leadership.
“(Like) all human beings the world over, we also desire peace and prosperity,” the joint leadership said, adding they represent the “sacred sentiments” of people demanding right to self-determination.
They urged the two nuclear neighbours to “defuse the high danger of widespread destruction of human life and property in the wake of any clash between them” and appealed them to engage with each other for resolution of issues. (GNS)