Geelani rejects interlocutors’ report

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Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman and senior separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani Thursday out rightly rejected the interlocutor’s report calling it a time gaining tactics of the government of India aimed at hoodwinking the people of Kashmir and the international community. He also said that the report mainly approaches the Kashmir issue as an internal problem and has tried to address it within the constitution of India which, according to Geelani, is not acceptable to the people of Kashmir. Reminding the Government of India of its promises made to the Kashmiri people on numerous occasions and its being signatory to more than 18 UN resolutions, Geelani urged the government of India to fulfill its promises and implement the UN resolutions. “India must fulfill its promises and implement the UN resolutions allowing the people of Jammu and Kashmir their right to self determination”, Geelani told KNS. “People have offered sacrifices for their right and there is no other solution acceptable to us”, Geelani declared. Rejecting the recommendations of the Interlocutors report, Geelani said that the recommendations are not a solution to the problem asserting that Kashmir is a political problem rather than an internal problem as the interlocutors view it. “We outrightly reject the report and its recommendations as it approaches the problem as an internal problem, which is not acceptable to us”, Geelani said. “The report vindicates our stand as we always held that it is just a time gaining strategy. We have always maintained that India is not sincere towards resolution of the problem as per the wishes and aspiration of the people”, Geelani said. Meanwhile, Jammu & Kashmir High Court Bar Association has also rejected the interlocutors report terming it contrary to the wishes and aspirations of people. While talking to KNS, General Secretary of the Bar Association, Adv G. N. Sheheen rejected the report terming it unconstitutional. “The report is non political, unconstitutional, apart from being against the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people”, said Shaheen. “We want that Article 370 should stay until the permanent disposal of the Kashmir issue”, Shaheen added. KNS

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