Syed Ali Geelani pleads with Pakistan not to change its stand on J&K

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Syed-Ali-Shah-GeelaniAll-Parties Hurriyat Conference, hardline faction chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani, said he would not support any solution that sacrifices the Kashmiris. He also urged Pakistan not to alter its stand on Jammu and Kashmir.

A delegation comprising Peer Saifullah and Altaf Ahmad Shah met Pakistan Ambassador to India Abdul Basit  recently. They said India must accept that disputed nature of J&K when it comes to the negotiating table with Pakistan.

Basit said that there was no change in Islamabad’s policy on Hurriyat. Islamabad might invite Hurriyat leaders to visit Pakistan soon. This comes after external affairs minister Sushma Swaraj recent visit to Pakistan after a thaw in cold bilateral relations, according to official sources. In the past, the Union government had withheld the passports and travel documents of Geelani, Mirwaiz Umer Farooq or Yaseen Malik.

“Any dialogue cannot progress until India accepts our demands, including the nature of Kashmir. We have communicated our demands to Pakistan,”  said Geelani said. The meeting with Basit was held under the spirit of Pakistan’s position on the Hurriyat and J&K. Furthermore, he said India should withdraw army jawans and police personnel, who had killed 120 youngsters in 2010.

Meanwhile, condemning the raids Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Tehsil president Shopian Mohammad Amin Ahangar’s residence, he said that it was a serious issu e. The army has a very bad track record in J&K.

Stating that the state government has given a free hand to it to harass and target Kashmir political leaders, Geelani was concerned about Ahangar’s safety and warned of serious consequences if anything untoward were to happen.