SRINAGAR, Feb 28 : Former Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) and Senior Hurriyat Leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani while expressing reservations regarding the recent ceasefire agreement between Director General Military Operations (DGMOs) of Pakistan and India on Line of Control (LoC) and other sectors has said that this agreement does not reflect the interests of the Kashmiri masses.
A statement quoting Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been issued by Saiyyed Abdullah Gilani, Special Representative of Syed Ali Geelani in Islamabad on Sunday.
Syed Ali Geelani said that the statement said that the new DGMO’s pact between India and Pakistan is now in effect. Whether it will ensure peace on the CFL is something that remains to be seen. However the development itself is as disturbing as it is surprising.
He said that ever since India’s brazen aggression on August 5 2019, we have been hearing assurance after assurance that there would be no engagement with India until it rolls back everything it did on August 5.
Syed Ali Geelani said that now we know that the back channel talks between the two sides have been going on for several months culminating in the latest DGMO’s pact. May one ask why this contradiction between the stated policy and action? Or may one, for that matter, ask why this secrecy on a matter of such national and international importance?
He said that the most important question that begs an answer is where does Kashmir figure in all this. He said that the joint statement says that the DGMO’s of the two countries agreed to strictly “observe all agreements, understandings and cease firing along the Line of Control and all other sectors with effect from midnight Feb, 24/25 2021”.
Syed Ali Geelani said that without any reference to the August 5 2019 aggression, what does this mean? Doesn’t it appear to be a process to roll the clock back to Shimla Agreement Times and put Kashmir again on the backburner? What this attitude practically does is, it reduces Kashmir issue to a border dispute between India and Pakistan which is in stark contrast with the standpoint of Kashmiri people. He said that for us Kashmir is not a border dispute between two countries, it is the question of the destiny and future of 22 million people. We are the principal party here and it is our say that will be final in resolving the issue.
Syed Ali Geelani said that there has been much buzz, particularly in India, around a statement that says “it is time to extend a hand of peace in all directions”, while it is indeed a good thought but do we realize that if there is anybody in dire need of peace at this point it is Kashmir and Kashmiri people. He said that the DGMO’s pact might make the guns silent on the CFL but will it stop the bloodshed in Kashmir? Will it halt the reign of terror India has unleashed against Kashmiri people? The answer is an emphatic No. The pact therefore does not reflect the interests of Kashmiri people.