Pakistan only country that acknowledges Kashmiris’ right to self-determination, says Geelani

Srinagar: Syed Ali Geelani, Chairman of the Hurriyat (G) thanked Pakistan for observing “Kashmir Solidarity Day” to highlight the ‘oppression and suppression against the people of Jammu and Kashmir at the hands of Indian occupation forces.’

Ina statement, he expressed gratitude to Pakistan, its people, leadership of Pakistan Administered Kashmir and the people across the globe, who organized demonstrations, symposiums, seminars and rallies in favour of people of Jammu & Kashmir for their right to self-determination and highlight dispute and the gross human rights violations being perpetrated by Indian troops in Kashmir.

“People in Jammu and Kashmir are challenging a big power and Pakistan is the only country that acknowledges our right to self-determination and extends its persistent support,” Geelani said in a statement.

In his message he added, “We are highly thankful to Pakistan for their categorical support and we hope Pakistan will play a more effective and active role in this regard. They should activate all its embassies and other human resources to highlight Kashmir issue and human rights violations in an operative method.”

Geelani in his statement said that although ‘Indian atrocities and barbarism’ has crossed all the limits and is continuing unabated for the last 7 decades, it is responsibility for the UN to realize the gravity and severity of this grave and grim situation.

He said that this world body has testified our stand that Indian armed forces under the undemocratic and unethical shield of legal impunity continue the ‘genocide’ of Kashmiris, with bullets, pellets, torture, rape and humiliation.

Earlier, President of Pakistan Arif Alvi had said that instead of ‘justifying terrorism against innocent citizens by pushing a ‘false narrative of killings militants’, Indian Government should uphold the rights of the Kahsmiri people.

Earlier, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the Hurriyat (M) thanked Pakistan for their ‘their vigorous and unwavering support to Kashmiri’s Right to Self Determination.

In a video message shared with the Dawn, JKLF Chief Yasin Malik thanked Pakistan for standing in solidarity with the people of Kashmir on Feb 5, which is observed as ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’.

He slammed the ‘criminal silence adopted by the international community over the oppression of Kashmiris by the Indian forces’.

Addressing the media after the international conference on Kashmir in London, Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi thanked members of the British Parliament for tabling a joint resolution on the Kashmir issue — a development he termed as “massive”.

Meanwhile, India had raised objections with the United Kingdom for allowing Pakistan to use their Parliament as a ‘stage’ for a Kashmir Conference.

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