Taliban Not Required In Kashmir: Geelani

SRINAGAR: Stating that the following the NATO exit from Afghanistan Taliban should work for the stabilization of their country before making any plans for Kashmir, Huriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said that Kashmir will need their diplomatic not military support.

In an interview with a local news gathering agency KNS, Geelani said that any future Taliban led government in Afghanistan must support Kashmir’s right to self-determination. “We want them to support us diplomatically on the international level, they should raise their concerns for Kashmir after they become successful in setting up their government in Afghanistan.”

When asked about the reports that Taliban fighters would make Kashmir their next battle ground after the NATO forces leave Afghanistan, Geelani said that for now it is enough for us to expect from them (Taliban) to support us diplomatically in future. “I cannot comment over the issue, I can only say that Taliban should stabilize their own land,” said Geelani while refusing to comment over the possible entry of Taliban into Kashmir region.

Commenting on the Chinese and US intervention into Kashmir affairs, Geelani said that such interventions cannot be permitted by the pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir until  the countries asking for intervention  support Right to Self-determination for the resolution of Kashmir dispute.

Refusing the accusations levelled by Afzal Guru’s brother that the Huriyat leadership has failed to pursue the case about Guru’s mortal remains, Geelani claimed that the issue of Afzal was being raised at every platform and Huriyat is pursuing the case vigorously. ”Everyone has the personal opinion we cannot dictate terms to anyone, if Guru’s brother feels that we have failed, it is his own opinion,” said Geelani.

“India is behaving like an autocrat on the dint of its might and is not bothered to return us the remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru”.

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