Third Party Intervention Must For Kashmir Solution: Mann

SRINAGAR: Senior Akali Dal leader and former MP from Punjab Simranjit Singh Mann Tuesday said that without the intervention of any third country, Kashmir issue could not be resolved.

“Indo-Pak dialogue on Kashmir issue has proved always futile and in future too it would be a futile exercise. Pakistan has no objection over the intervention of third party but it is India which is reluctant as India has occupied Kashmir forcibly,” Mann told reporters during a press conference in Srinagar on Tuesday.

He said India is acting like an Ostrich, closing its eyes and is not ready to accept reality. “It is a harsh reality that Kashmiri people want freedom from India and India is ruling over this piece of land by military might,” he said adding that India has let loose a reign of terror in Kashmir and it is following the policies which it had followed in Punjab.

Coming down heavily on Chief Minister Omar Abdullah for failing on every front, Mann said that “this man (Omar Abdullah) is shedding crocodile incidents after every killing in Kashmir. The luminaries, intelligentsia and the Court should take a stand and oust him from the Chair which he is occupying,” he said.

“It were the political leaders who helped India invoking AFSPA in Jammu and Kashmir and now it is they who could persuade India to revoke it. It is pity these politicians follow appeasing policy and every time bend their heads before New Delhi,” he said.

Holding Army responsible for Chattisingh Pora carnage, Mann said that Government of India shielded the culprits even after it was proved that India Army massacred innocent Sikhs. “India could go to any extent to meet its interests. Massacre was done to defame Kashmir freedom struggle but the World knows that the struggle of Kashmiri people are based on just and reality.

He said incidents like Gool, Markundal, Chattisingh Pora would continue to occur till India is present in Kashmir. “It is irony that Buddhists are being given every facility and funds and status but Sikhs in Kashmir are not being granted minority status,” he said. 

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