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Geelani, Mirwaiz welcome UN statement on Kashmir

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Hailing the statement of the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres in which he has stressed for a peaceful solution of Kashmir issue through dialogue, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said that Kashmiris also believe that dialogue is the only option for the peaceful resolution of all issues and that war is neither an option nor a solution to the Kashmir dispute.

“We appeal to the UN Secretary General to take effective measures for the resolution of this long pending dispute,” Geelani said in a statement issued in Srinagar on Saturday.

He said, “Kashmir dispute has multiplied human tragedies. It is because of this lingering issue that millions of people are facing immense hardships and a state of uncertainty and instability is looming over whole South Asian region.

“Although both countries are bound to seek peaceful settlement of the issue, however, neither agreement is being implemented nor is any development being observed on ground for its resolution.” 

Hailing the UN Secretary General for evincing his keen interest towards the issue, Geelani said, “It is encouraging and from day first he is showing his interest towards the issue.”

“I, on behalf of people of suppressed of Jammu & Kashmir express my gratitude to Antonio Guterres for his moral support to our cause,” Geelani said, exuding hope that he would play a positive and effective role for the peaceful settlement of Kashmir dispute.

“War and inconsistencies are no option. They only cause devastation and destruction. Both India and Pakistan are nuclear countries and any flare up can prove extremely detrimental,” Geelani said.

“Kashmir issue poses threat to world peace. It is proving a big obstacle in peace, prosperity and development in the region. People in Jammu & Kashmir don’t like any confrontation and are against war like situations,” said Geelani.

“I with sincere heart want to convey that we are yearning for peace and seek peaceful resolution to the long pending issue. However, India has a great role to play to create conducive atmosphere and they need to shun their stubborn attitude and accept ground reality with regard to Kashmir issue,” Geelani said.

Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has also welcomed the statement of UN secretary general Antonio Guterres. He also appreciated China which has offered to a mediate for a permanent resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

“This reflects that the international community is concerned about the situation in Kashmir and the grave consequences for the region if the dispute is not resolved,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.

Referring to New Delhi’s response to Chinese offer of mediation, that Kashmir issue is to be bilaterally resolved, Mirwaiz said “whenever there is international pressure and outrage over the situation here and a third country offers mediation to resolve the dispute, government of India quickly rejects it saying that it they will resolve it bilaterally with Pakistan.”

“And when Pakistan asks India to engage in dialogue with them and the people of Kashmir to address the dispute, government of India refuses and dodges saying Kashmir is an internal problem and links the people's struggle to so called Islamic terrorism. This doublespeak is compounding the misery of the people of Kashmir who want the government of India to put an end to repression and start serious steps towards the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. This dispute is consuming our fourth generations since 1931,” he said.

“The present situation of direct confrontation between Indian and Pakistani forces on the borders testifies the fact that status quo in Kashmir cannot work any longer and immediate steps have to be taken to resolve the issue,” he said. 

“New Delhi must shun its military approach and show maturity and magnanimity by bringing all the three parties on table for the early and honourable resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir and do away with the impending danger of catastrophe hitting the region due to mounting threat of war,” he added.