SRINAGAR, (SANA): All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani castigating the Amarnath Shrine Board for extending the duration of Amarnath pilgrimage in occupied Kashmir has said that India is not serious in resolving the Kashmir dispute.
Addressing a Seerat conference in Kupwara over telephone from New Delhi Geelani said that New Delhi wanted to change the demography of the occupied territory in the garb of yatra. He said that the Kashmiris were not against the pilgrimage but they wanted that the yatra should be managed by the Kashmiri Pandits.
“This is so unfortunate that SASB has extended the Yatra duration up to 55 days,” said a Hurriyat (G) spokesman in a statement here. “The decision is offensive. We will convene a session of the executive council to discuss the issue and to formulate our strategy. “The decision is offensive. We will convene a session of the executive council to discuss the issue and to formulate our strategy.”
The spokesman said the decision taken by the SASB has once again made it clear that New Delhi doesn’t care about the aspirations of the people of Kashmir.
“The SASB decision has also made it clear that J&K authorities were just stooges before New Delhi. It is so unfortunate that instead of raising voice against the move, the authorities here have maintained a silence.” He said the schedule announced by the SASB indicates that “there exists a State within the State.”
“We consider the issue as of a serious nature. For guidance, we are in touch with the Syed Ali Geelani. It is a matter of dignity and prestige. We won’t allow the 55-day Yatra as it would prove disastrous for us in future,” the spokesman said. He said the Hurriyat was neither against the Yatra nor the Hindu religion.