Srinagar: Syed Ali Geelani, while expressing his concern over the loss of lives in shelling on the Line of Control said that the LoC is being kept hot so that human rights abuses committed by the Indian forces ‘are hushed up’ in the thunders of roaring guns.
Geelani, who is the Chairman of Hurriyat (G) added that unless the Kashmir dispute is resolved, accordance with the wishes and aspirations of people, the risk of collision between the two nuclear powers will remain, which will be devastating not only for the region but whole world.
“To mislead their own people and international community, LoC is being kept hot and tense so that gross human rights violations and barbarism by the Indian armed forces, for the last 7 decades, particularly during the present uprising are hushed up in the thunders of guns roaring on line of control,” Geelani said in a statement.
He added that as a result of shelling, human lives are lost irrespective of their creed, colour, and religion including commoners and uniformed as well.
“Their property is lost and they every now and then have to flee from their native places putting them under severe psychological and physical stress,” Geelani said.
Referring to the ‘threatening statement’ of the Home Minister Rajnath Singh, wherein he has said that India in a befitting reply will teach Pakistan a lesson, Geelani said that ‘it is arrogance of power’.
He appealed to India and Pakistan to demonstrate restraint and wisdom and play a constructive role for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue which, he said, poses a threat to world peace.
“War and inconsistencies are no options, instead they cause devastation and destruction. Both India and Pakistan are nuclear countries and any flare up can prove extremely detrimental,” he said.
“War is neither an option nor a solution to issues,” he said and added that Kashmir issue has multiplied human tragedies and it was because of this lingering issue that millions of people were facing immense hardship and a state of uncertainty and instability was looming over the whole South Asian region.
Minister’s statement testifies our claim that India with its haughty and stubborn approach is delaying the peaceful solution to issue and instead of taking appropriate measures, hatching conspiracies to destabilise Pakistan,” accused Geelani in the statement.
Geelani said India had a great role to play in creating a conducive atmosphere and they needed to shun their “stubborn attitude and accept the ground reality” regarding Kashmir issue.