Betrayers Will Be Caught By Neck: Geelani

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SRINAGAR: Accusing India of trying to resolve the Kashmir issue at gunpoint, the chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Saturday asked Pakistan to consider no other solution except the right to self-determination, and said that anyone trying to betray the freedom struggle would be “hauled up by his lapels.”  

In a telephonic address to a Hurriyat (G) seminar at Hyderpora, Geelani said that India wanted to resolve the Kashmir issue at the point of gun, and that all its democratic claims with respect to Kashmir had turned out to be a mirage.

Rejecting the four-point Musharraf formula, internal autonomy, self-rule “and other such shortcuts,” Geelani said that the UN resolutions on Kashmir held the key to a democratic, practicable and acceptable resolution of the long standing issue.

“The right to freedom of the Kashmiri people does not lapse or expire because of delay in implementing the UN resolutions,” Geelani, who is in Delhi, said.

Asking Pakistan to adopt a clear policy on Kashmir, the Hurriyat (G) chairman said that the Musharraf formula was a ‘open deviation’ from the basic stand of the Kashmiri people, and would not be accepted under any circumstances.

“The rulers of Pakistan should talk of no other solution except the right to self-determination, and should not adopt an apologetic approach when talking on the Kashmir issue,” he said.

“We have decided in principle to refrain from confrontation with groups calling themselves pro-freedom forces, but when we see that attempts are being made to impair the Kashmir cause, we will not remain silent,” he said.

“In our capacity as the heirs of martyrs, we have the right to haul up by the lapels anyone who tries to play the Kashmir freedom struggle false,” he said.

Citing funeral processions of militants slain in Sopore and Pulwama recently, Geelani said that this should be an eye-opener for those who think that Kashmiris have grown weary of the freedom struggle and were ready for a compromise.

“Every inch of Kashmir is up in arms against India, but the army and the police have enforced a silence of the graveyard, which the state’s rulers call peace,” he said.

Geelani made an appeal to the UN secretary general and the head of the OIC to “discharge their responsibility” to secure the right of self-determination for the Kashmiri people, and to get the loss of life in the state to be halted. 

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