SOPORE - Branding the United Nations as a non-operational and obsolete world body, Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Geelani said on Saturday the organisation has failed to resolve the Kashmir dispute and the Kashmiris should not expect wonders from it.
Geelani, while addressing a massive gathering at Iqbal Market in Sopore town of North Kashmir’s Baramulla district after his long confinement at his residence, said the people of Jammu and Kashmir would strive to get their right to self-determination and would not accept substitute solutions or Indian and Pakistani diktats. “We are not against a meaningful dialogue, but India is not sincere with this process. And we do believe the UN has miserably failed to address many core international issues. The Kashmiris have lost faith in this organization; we do not expect much from it,”
The Kashmiri leader said it was a moral obligation on the world community to help support the just cause of the Kashmiris. But, he added, so far they had seen no positive development in this respect. He said forced occupations had resulted in overall deterioration of state economy and that Indian authorities were hell-bent on making the Kashmiris dependant even for petty and ordinary things.
Hailing the role played by Pakistan, Geelani said Pakistan had always favoured the Kashmiri people on political and moral level. But, he went on to say, New Delhi had yet to fulfill the promise of first Indian prime minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru of conducting a plebiscite in Kashmir. “Ours is a just demand and we are striving for a solution as per aspirations of the people, and if the majority of people vote and favour India, we will accept the people’s verdict,” he said.
Geelani said India was prowling the recourses and after when the state economy had been destroyed, youth had been rendered unemployed.
“We have ample water recourses and electricity, but all these resources are being utilised for Indian states while due to this economical drain the state is left high and dry,” he said. “Millions of hectares of land had been forcibly occupied by Indian forces.
Five lac labourers from other states of India have been pushed into the Valley, badly affecting and influencing the local social fabric and culture and increased unemployment among local artisans and workers. Indian authorities have their multidimensional program to influence and distort the freedom impulse and to dilute the Kashmir issue; Indian agencies have made educational institutions their launching pad for malicious initiatives and role. They, with their sinister designs, are hell-bent on influencing the youth, and for this purpose, educational system are their prime target,” said Geelani.
He said all the pro-India parties were taking the shelter of hollow sloganeering, and crying for change. “What change these pro-India parties could bring when they are playing in the hands of New Delhi. National Conference, Peoples Conference, PDP and now Peoples United Front would never do any good to the people of Kashmir,” Geelani said as he appealed to the people to boycott the election process.
He said these political parties were power hungry and they used people as the tool to grab power. “Boycott these elections, and show the world Indian occupation is not acceptable to us.”
Paying rich tributes to the people of Palhalan, Pattan, the Kashmiri leader said that Palhalan was the crown of Kashmir and it had always kept its hopes and zeal alive. “India is suppressing the youth, slapping PSA on them and arresting political workers of separatist organisations. So far India has awarded life-imprisonment to 53 Kashmiri people,” he said.
Geelani said troops were occupying 5,270 kanal of forest land in Shopian area for establishment of an army cantonment. “Troops have uprooted around 3,000 trees for establishing cantonment and the government is allowing felling of forests,” the veteran separatist leader said. “India is hell-bent on making Jammu and Kashmir dependable by occupying our forests and water resources,” he concluded.
In his other public address in Dobgah area where he met with family members of martyred Muhammad Afzal Guroo, Geelani said it was the handiwork of Indian security agencies to resort to stone-pelting anywhere and everywhere.
Earlier, Geelani was given a warm welcome by thousands of people in Sopore. He along with his cavalcade of thirty vehicles reached Sopore in the morning.