Srinagar, Oct 26: Joint Hurriyat Leadership on Friday said the remarks of Governor Satya Pal Malik on Kashmir dialogue reflect “New Delhi’s arrogance with regard to Kashmir.”
In a joint statement, the Joint Hurriyat comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik said that since New Delhi “thrust their new deputy to rule over J&K, killings and repression has further worsened with more than 12 civilians and 25 militants killed so far in October only.”
The leadership said that Malik is “here on a mission from New Delhi to give the stern message to the people of Kashmir that the ruling dispensation in New Delhi is not interested in resolving the Kashmir dispute.”
Joint Hurriyat said that “Mr Malik better realise that all his attempts to intimidate and mislead people while undermining the historical facts and the context of the Kashmir dispute are absolutely futile. Kashmir issue is an internationally acknowledged dispute between India and Pakistan with people of entire J&K being the main stakeholders.”
“There are dozens of UN resolutions that have endorsed the people’s right of self determination to decide their future dispensation and it is this legitimate right that people of J&K are demanding and striving for. Pakistan is as much a party to the dispute as is India as the state stands divided between them,” they said.
Malik had on Thursday ruled out any dialogue with Hurriyat “until it keeps Pakistan separate”.