Geelani rejects Musharraf's proposals on Kashmir

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Srinagar, Mar 13 (UNI) Breakaway Hurriyat Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has rejected outright Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's proposals on Kashmir, saying ''nothing except the UN resolutions will be acceptable to resolve the contentious issue''.

However, he said prior to this, both India and Pakistan should demilitarise the two parts of divided Jammu and Kashmir.

''There is only one solution to the Kashmir issue and that is implementation of the United Nations resolutions. Nothing else will be acceptable for a permanent, peaceful and democratic solution to the problem,'' Mr Geelani said here.

He said the 1.3 crore people of Jammu and Kashmir should be given a chance to decide their fate.

Taking a dig at Gen Musharraf, the Hurriyat hardliner said Pakistan has deviated from its long-standing policy on Kashmir.

''We need to realise that the Pakistan government has deviated from its stand on Kashmir. It took a U-turn, turned weak and showed unnecessary bent. But let me tell you that Gen Musharraf alone is not Pakistan, the nation on the whole still supports our cause.'' He said Pakistan's policy would not create any hurdles and regretted that Islamabad was ''joining hands with those who had strengthened the state's accession with India''.

''We should stand firm like a rock and I assure you if the nation is united we will succeed. Those who are invited to dinner parties are the ones whose hands are full with blood of the innocent people,'' Mr Geelani added.

The firebrand leader said this was being done by Pakistan to keep India and the United States in ''good humour''.

He also rejected the recent proposals such as self-governance, status quo and internal autonomy to resolve the Kashmir issue.

If India considers the UN resolutions as obsolete then the Instrument of Accession is much older, the Hurriyat leader said.

About the proposals to forge unity in the divided Hurriyat, Mr Geelani said the doors were open for those who support the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

''We consider them a part of the ongoing movement. Whenever they need coordination we are ready. But, we will have no ties with those who support Gen Musharraf's proposals,'' he added.

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