Kashmir has become a ‘dreadful battle ground’: Geelani
Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani
Srinagar, Sep 22: Paying rich tributes to the slain militants in Bandipora, chairman Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Geelani said that the Kashmir has become a “dreadful battle ground where death and destruction is observed as a routine matter”. “Time and again we have raised our voice for justice to the people of Kashmir, but the Indian military might and its stubbornness is a major stumbling block in the way of a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute, which turned Kashmir into shambles,” Geelani said in a statement. “Demanding their right to self-determination is not a sin especially when the people bear a glorious history of gentle nature and a peace loving mentality,” he added. The elderly separatist leader said the people of Kashmir raise their “just and legitimate” demand for a peaceful settlement of the dispute as promised by the then Indian leadership and “in turn get bullets, pellets and disgrace of every kind, at the hands of government forces.” Geelani termed the “ongoing movement” well in accordance with the United Nations resolutions and other legitimate political and democratic norms. Demanding an early resolution of the Kashmir dispute, he urged the proactive role of United Nations organization and its security council to help the people of Jammu and Kashmir.