Srinagar: In occupied Kashmir, the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that the Hurriyet leadership is not opposed to dialogue but past experience makes it averse to accepting New Delhi’s offers.

Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the people of Kashmir in principle were never against talks as they believed that even after deadly conflicts and destructive wars, things can be settled through dialogue only. “But, given the long and deceptive nature of talks on Kashmir, we have witnessed this exercise going on more than 150 times without yielding any results to date – the only reason being the unrealistic and arrogant attitude of India,” he deplored.

The APHC Chairman said that India had forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 and since then it was trying to legalize its illegal hold. “We are fighting for our basic right for the past seven decades and whenever the struggle gains momentum and threatens the very existence of Indian control, they use these gimmicks to fizzle out the momentum,” he added.

Syed Ali Gilani said if India accepts Kashmir as a dispute and starts withdrawing its troops from occupied Kashmir, setting a platform for the permanent and peaceful resolution of the dispute, we as the representatives of oppressed Kashmiris will welcome any and every move forward in this regard. “However, we can’t trivialize the sanctity of this grave issue by participating in a photo-session or for a cup of tea. We also appeal to others not to indulge themselves into this futile exercise,” he stated.

The APHC Chairman said that two nuclear countries (India, Pakistan) had fought three wars and if this issue was not addressed in its real perspective, the nuclear collusion was inevitable.

Addressing people in power corridors of India, he said, “In case you really have a human heart which is devoid of any prejudice and hatred, you should allow us to decide our future and earn a name and fame in human history.