War will lead to destruction, Geelani tells India, Pakistan

Asks Islamabad not to beg before New Delhi for Kashmir dialogue

ABID BASHIR
Srinagar, Publish Date: Sep 24 2018 12:40AM | Updated Date: Sep 24 2018 12:40AM
War will lead to destruction, Geelani tells India, PakistanGK Photo

Pakistan should not go with a begging bowl before New Delhi for a dialogue on Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said on Sunday, and asserted that war between India and Pakistan “would only lead to destruction and not solution.”  

His remarks come day after army chief General BipinRawat called for “avenging Pakistan army and militants’ brutalities on Indian soldiers,” while the Pakistan army hit back saying it was “ready for a war, but chooses peace in the interest of people and neighbours.”

Addressing a seminar organised by the Hurriyat (G) to pay tributes to Imam Hussain (AS), Geelani said that war is not a solution to the Kashmir issue. 

“There can be no dialogue till the government of India accepts Kashmir as a dispute and shuns its claim of the region being its integral part,” he said. 

“After reading today’s newspapers, I saw India and Pakistan threatening each other with war. I want to tell both the countries that war leads to destruction, not solution,” he said.

Geelani said that on the one hand, New Delhi talks of teaching a lesson to Pakistan and on the other, Pakistan too states that it was ready for a war. 

“War is in no way a solution to the vexed Kashmir issue. My message to Pakistan is that it should not go with a begging bowl before New Delhi to seek a dialogue,” he said. “How can a dialogue take place or a solution be achieved when New Delhi says Kashmir is its integral part?”

On September 20, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan wrote to Prime Minister NarendraModi and sought resumption of peace dialogue between the two countries that has been suspended since 2015.  In the letter addressing the PM as "ModiSahab", Khan also suggested a meeting between the foreign ministers of the two countries on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly. The proposed meeting of the foreign ministers was, however, called off by New Delhi citing stamps issued by Islamabad displaying BurhanWani’s portraits and the abduction and killing of three policemen by suspected militants in southern Shopian district in Kashmir on Friday.

Geelani said that it was the “rigid approach” of New Delhi which has been a “major hurdle” in the solution of Kashmir issue. 

“The fact is that Kashmir is a disputed territory and there are 18 resolutions pending before the United Nations to which Delhi is a signatory,” he said. “These resolutions, once implemented, will clear as to whether people of Kashmir would stay with India or accede to Pakistan.”

The Hurriyat (G) chairman said that there have been more than 150 rounds of dialogue on Kashmir and “all failed because of New Delhi’s claim of Kashmir being its integral part.” 

He said that enough blood has flown and continues to flow in Kashmir “Every day there are killings of innocents, and people are being jailed for no crime. Resistance leaders who were arrested last year continue to languish in New Delhi’s Tihar jail. Everybody who is being arrested is slapped with Public Safety Act (PSA),” he said. “Our leader Abdul GaniBhat was kept naked in central jail Srinagar. This is the height of oppression. The day I was confined to my house in 2010, our leader MasratAlam was booked under PSA and till date, 35 PSAs were slapped on him and he continues to be behind bars even today. ”

The Hurriyat (G) chairman urged people to follow the footsteps of Imam Hussain (AS), who rejected the Yazeed’s offer of entering into a surrender agreement. “The real tribute to Imam Hussain (AS) will be to follow Islam in letter and spirit and invite others also to follow the great religion,” he said.

Geelani, who presided over the day-long seminar, paid rich tributes to the martyrs of Karbala and said that by his martyrdom, Imam Hussain (AS) taught the weak and suppressed people to remain steadfast against the tyranny and barbarism. 

Geelani said that the people of Kashmir demand their legitimate right as promised and accepted by the world community. 

Slamming “undue interference” in religious matters of Muslims, Geelani castigated authorities in New Delhi for proposing making triple-talaq a punishable offence, allowing Muslim women to perform Hajj without “Mahram” and prohibiting carrying of sacrificial animals from one place to another. 

“These arbitrary commands are a ploy to disintegrate Muslims on the basis of minor ideological differences,” he said, making a fervent appeal to the Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir to remain united “irrespective of such divisive tactics.”

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