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منگل، 21 ستمبر، 2010

Syed Ali Geelani darts letter to Indian Army

Syed Ali Geelani Monday asked the Indian leadership to abjure its rigid stand on Kashmir and accept Jammu and Kashmir as an " international" dispute.

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)

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