He also shot an open letter to the Indian military leadership urging them to heed to their conscience and "tell the Indian leadership in clear terms that we can't continue the violence and oppression on Kashmiri people
In an open letter to the Indian leadership and the people of India, Geelani said, “ We believe in meaningful, sincere and time bound dialogue at tripartite level and in this regard we demand that India should abjure its intransigence , accept Jammu Kashmir as [an] international dispute, start the process of complete troops withdrawal ,revoke all draconian laws, release all political prisoners and young boys and form [a] judicial tribunal to probe past and present cases of killings.”
Reminding India of its commitments made to the people of Kashmir, Geelani said that after annexing the territory of Jammu Kashmir by landing its troops on the soil of Jammu Kashmir on 27th October , 1947 “by force and deceit,” India raised the issue in United Nations Organisation (UNO) and the Security Council. “… late Pandit Jawahir Lal Nehru ,Prime Minister of India, wrote to Prime Minister of Pakistan on November 21st , 1947, that Kashmiris should decide question of accession by plebiscite or referendum under the international auspices such as those of United Nations,” Geelani said in the letter.
“…after thorough debates and discussions the United Nations passed more than I8 resolutions on the issue. That the United Nations Security Council through its Resolutions dated 21st April ,1948; 13th August ,1948 and 5th January, 1949 while declaring Jammu & Kashmir as disputed territory have called upon the parties to ascertain the will of the people of the state through a referendum whether to accede with India or Pakistan.”
He said the Government of India through its letter dated December 31st ,1947 assured the United Nations that the people of Kashmir would be free to decide their future by the recognised democratic method of plebiscite or referendum , which in order to ensure complete impartiality may be held under international auspices.”
Geelani added that the Indian representative in United Nations, Late Gopala Sawamay Ayyanger reassured the Security Council on February 3rd ,1948 that the Government of India is fully committed to the view that, after peace is restored and all people belonging to the state have returned there ,a free plebiscite should be taken and the people should decide whether they wish to remain with India, go to Pakistan.
“Again , Late Pandit Jawahir Lal Nehru Prime Minister of India while giving a statement in Indian Parliament on February,12th ,1951 said, ‘We had given our pledge to the people of Kashmir and subsequently to United Nations , we stood by it and we stand by it today, let the people of Kashmir decide.’”
He said the Indian commitments continued as Nehru again reassured the people of Kashmir and the world community on May 16th,1954, that India will stand by her international commitments and will implement them at appropriate time.
“People of Jammu Kashmir are waiting for implementations of these resolutions and commitments but ironically India put hurdles in the implementation of these resolutions on the one or other pretext and back tracked from the promises and pledges it has given to the people of Jammu & Kashmir and International Community,” he said.
However, Geelani said, India’s policy for Jammu & Kashmir has been to gain time, divide and rule, ignite secretarian clashes, encouragement of stooges and brutalization of people by suppression and oppression even though all these “cheap tactics have proved failure, the Indian brutality has failed to break the will of the people ,Indi an forces can kill, torture or maim us, but they cannot kill the our dream of Aazadi.”
He said the Indian forces during the last three months “have brutally killed more than one hundred innocent youth of Jammu Kashmir, while injuring more than three thousand of them, the only fault of them was that they were peacefully protesting to remind Government of India to fulfill their promises and commitments made to people of Jammu Kashmir about holding a referendum to determine their future.”
He said India through its armed forces had committed serious war crimes against the people of Jammu & Kashmir and the population for the past 63 years and especially for the last two decades has been suffering hell under the Disturbed Area Act, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act. “There has been no letup in the reign of terror let loose by the Indian forces against the people. These forces have killed more than one lakh young and old unarmed civilians in indiscriminate firing, and are responsible for disappearance, extra judicial execution of thousands of people and for the rape and molestation of thousands of women between the age group of 10 to 70 years, destruction of property worth billions of rupees.”
Meanwhile, in a separate letter, Geelani urged the Indian armed forces to understand "the politics and deceit of the political leadership and give up on the persecution of Kashmiris."
"Ask yourselves what would you do if somebody raped your wife or daughter in your own house or killed your nine-year or ten-year-old child? For the sake of humanity, ask these questions to your conscience and tell your government that you wont be able to commit any more atrocities and voilence on the Kashmiri people," Geelani said in the letter.
He said while he was aware that the Indian forces were here as part of their duty but they should realise that they belong to some religion and "no religion allows spill innocent blood or destroy the property of people without any reason." (PBI)