SRINAGAR: Chairman All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has appreciated the assertion of the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Muhammad Nawaz Sharif, in the UN General Assembly wherein he stressed settlement of the Kashmir dispute as per the relevant UN resolutions.
Syed Ali Geelani in a statement issued in Srinagar asked the government of Pakistan to intensify its diplomatic efforts to highlight the civilian killings and human right abuses in occupied Kashmir on the international forums.
Geelani said that he favoured the dialogue between Pakistan and India in principle and the two countries should concentrate on the core issue rather than mutual trade.
While referring to the past, he said that the dialogues between the two countries proved a diplomatic ritual only. “Unless India gives up its traditional stubbornness with respect to Kashmir dispute, there is little hope for any breakaway in prevailing deadlock,” he said.
Syed Ali Geelani said, when the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India are meeting in New York, the people in the Valley are waiting for the body of Mohammad Afzal Guru and wailing for those civilians killed by Indian forces in Markundal, Gool and Shopian. “When they (Prime Ministers) are shaking hands with each other, the people in Kashmir would like that the two leaders focus on the issue related to those 10,000 youth, who are still missing after they were arrested by Indian forces,” he added.
Meanwhile, the APHC leader, Javed Ahmad Mir, in a statement in Srinagar hailing the statement of Nawaz Sharif on Kashmir termed it timely and realistic. He said, the Kashmiris welcome the proposed meeting between Nawaz Sharif and Manmohan Singh in New York. However, he said, it will not prove fruitful and result-oriented unless Kashmir is given centrality and the Hurriyet leadership is actively involved in the dialogue process.
He said that the lingering Kashmir dispute needed to be resolved as per the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) chairman Shabir Ahmad Shah, while hailing Sharif’s statement hoped that the government of India will also respond with political maturity to it.
Shah, in a statement, said; “It is now obvious that whenever Pakistan calls for resolving Kashmir issue through peaceful dialogue, the anti-peace elements disrupt peace in Jammu Kashmir.”
Shah also applauded the press statement of noted columnist and analyst Prem Shankar Jha, terming it as “courageous”.
Welcoming Sharif’s statement, chairman Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League Muhammad Farooq Rehmani termed as timely and pragmatic.
Rehmani, according to League statement, has urged the member countries of the OIC and European Union to take a leaf out of Sharif’s statement and initiate efforts in the Assembly to resolve all the festering world disputes including Kashmir that are jeopardizing peace and stability in the region.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples’ Movement (JKPM) senior vice-chairman Mir Shahid Saleem has hailed Sharif‘s stand on K-issue, saying that by defending the right to self determination of Kashmiris he (Sharif) has taken a just stand at UNGA that peace cannot be achieved without resolving some of the oldest disputes in the world including Kashmir.
Chairman Islamic Political Party (JK) Muhammad Yousuf Naqash while welcoming the statement, termed Pakistan government’s stand on K-issue as realistic and highly appreciable.
“Though we welcome the proposed meeting of the political leadership of two countries in New York, it will not prove fruitful and result-oriented unless Kashmir is given centrality and the principal party to the dispute, pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir, is actively involved in the dialogue,” said Naqash in a statement.