Pak’s inconsistent Kashmir policy provides escape route to India: Geelani

‘Appreciating’ the plebiscite demand for ‘Kashmir nation’ by the Pakistan, chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said that Islamabad’s ‘inconsistent’ policy on the vexed issue provides an escape route to India.

The octogenarian said that the most practicable and democratic solution to the Kashmir dispute is the holding of plebiscites in Kashmir and to respect its democratic claims, India has to cooperate in the peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute and have to honour the choices of its people.

While addressing the rulers of Pakistan, Geelani said that they should maintain consistency and steadfastness over its Kashmir policy and instead of an apologetic approach, they should strongly pursue the implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir.

Although, he expressed his satisfaction and happiness over the letter written by the Muhatarmah Maleeha Lodhi to the UNO and termed it as ‘real representation of the Kashmir nation’ but he said that ‘the inconsistency and irregularity in the Kashmir policy of Pakistan government provides an escape route to India and New Delhi gets another lease of life to its rigid and stubborn policies on Kashmir’.

Geelani said that Kashmir is not any border dispute between India and Pakistan which they can solve mutually on talks table.

“It is the issue of the future of more than 15 million people and till this dispute is not resolved in and accordance to the wishes and aspirations of its people, till then there are no possibilities of any stability in the better relationship between India and Pakistan,” he said.

While commenting over the recent visit of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi to Pakistan, he said that these kinds of visits and meetings have been happening in the past and both the countries have made several agreements so far but nothing concrete has happened with regarding to the solution of the Kashmir dispute.

He said that these kinds of activities can deliver nothing in future too and until the Kashmir is addressed as the core issue between the two countries and the sincere efforts are made to resolve this long pending dispute through the implementation of the UNO resolutions.

The visits of prime ministers cannot be more than a tradition, he said.