Srinagar: A meeting of Joint Resistance leadership of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik was held at the residence of Geelani in Hyderpora, after initial reluctance by the authorities to let Mirwaiz sb and Malik sb meet the octogenarian leader to inquire about his health and discuss the situation in the valley. This is the first time that the leadership was allowed to meet together this year by the authorities.
A joint press statement was issued by them in this regard. The leadership said that the lingering Kashmir dispute is a human and political issue and not a territorial dispute. JRL reiterated that as far as a sincere meaningful and result oriented dialogue process among the three parties to the dispute is concerned, they were never against it and saw it as a means of conflict resolution.
The leadership regretted that instead of creating a condusive environment for such a process, Indian state sees the issue as a law and order and administrative problem and as such is focused on enhancing its military power by providing war headed helicopters to be used against Kashmiri people raising slogans for the right to self-determination and upgrading the police apparatus. This military approach results in continued killing, maiming, blinding and injuring of people. Political activists have been jailed and peaceful political activities are prohibited, every nook and corner of the state has been turned into a garrison and a battlefield.
In this grim situation of oppression the rhetoric to hold a dialogue for the permanent resolution of Kashmir issue is an excuse to flee from the dialogue table and put the onus on resistance leadership. The leadership as custodian of innumerable sacrifices in terms of half a million lives lost and enforced disappearances, chastity of women violated, thousands of people especially youth incarcerated and languishing in jails and tortured, while property worth millions destroyed does not want it to come to naught but seeks a result oriented and meaningful dialogue that leads to fulfilling the will and aspirations of the people of Kashmir. As all human beings world over we also desire peace and prosperity.
JRL represents the sacred sentiments of people demanding right to self-determination and urges the need between two nuclear neighbours to defuse the high danger of widespread destruction of human life and property in the wake of any clash between them and appeals them to engage with each other for resolution of issues. (KNS)