Maleeha Lodhi statement on Kashmir in UN historical, says Geelani

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‘Response of Indian First Secretary to UN a Himalayan lie’

Srinagar: Terming the Kashmir stand of the Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, as “historical and realistic”, Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani said that the response of the Indian First Secretary to the UN Abhishek Singh in this regard is a “Himalayan lie” and it has no relation with the reality. He said that the election drama held in the presence of the “8.5 lakh occupational forces” can never substitute a free and impartial plebiscite in Kashmir and nor can this process be acceptable to anyone.

 In a statement to KNS, Geelani said that Jammu & Kashmir has never been any part of India and nor is it today. This country is holding this land merely with the help of its military might. The majority population of Kashmir has continuously opposed this forced occupation from the day one and they can never even think of remaining with India. The stand which the Pakistan’s envoy presented in the UNO is based on historical facts and that history is not only known to the whole world but it is also formally taught in the Indian schools and colleges. United Nations Security Council has guaranteed right to self determination for the people of Kashmir but this international institution has so far failed in doing that. While terming the response of the Indian representative in the UN with regarding to the Kashmir as reflection of the imperialistic thinking, Syed Ali Geelani said that instead of placing any valid argument against the argument, the Indian First Secretary used imperialistic language at the UNO where he termed the election dramas held in Jammu & Kashmir as referendum of Kashmiris in favour of India.

 Chairman Hurriyat (G) said that the UNO has itself while terming the elections in Jammu & Kashmir as local administrative issue clearly stated that these elections can no way influence the disputed status of Kashmir and it cannot be the substitute to the referendum process. Secondly the state of Jammu & Kashmir is the most militarized region of the world and holding of elections here in the massive presence of Indian army can never be termed as free and fair. Elections in Jammu & Kashmir are a military exercise and the people are directly or indirectly forced to take part in this military operation.

 Syed Ali Geelani said that India is claiming to be the democratic country and it also claims that by taking part in the elections, Kashmiris are posing their trust with India then this country should have no problem in holding free and fair referendum in Kashmir so that this dispute will finish once for all. (KNS)

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