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Geelani admits support for India in J&K

A section of people are supporting pro-India political parties, increasing Indian hold on J&K, reports Rashid Ahmad.

india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 21:41 IST

Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of hard-line faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference, has admitted that all people in Kashmir were not against "Indian rule on the state".

He said a section of common people supported pro-India political parties the National Conference, Peoples’ Democratic Party, Congress and even Communist Party.

"These people and parties are responsible for strengthening Indian grip on Jammu and Kashmir," the pro-Pakistan leader said on Monday.

Geelani was speaking in a seminar, held by his faction of Hurriyat Conference in a local hotel, against state government’s decision to lease land at Gulmarg and other health resorts to non-state subjects to build hotels, restaurants and other tourism-related infrastructure. He termed the government decisions as "sale of Kashmir".

"We had been sold in the past as well, and are on sale again. But I would never allow this thing to happen", he said. Geelani has called a general shutdown against government decision on November 20 on both sides of the line of control.

The state cabinet on October 18 approved sale of 540 kanals of land at Dhobighat in Gulmarg to raise tourist infrastructure at the promote tourism in the state. The decision has drawn flak from separatist groups and the opposition National Conference.

Hizbul Mujahideen has issued a threat non-state subjects, should they acquire land on lease or through any other method in Kashmir. The residents of Gulmarg, Tangmarg and surrounding villages also held massive protest demonstrations against government decision.

Geelani said that the mainstream political parties were acting as "agents of New Delhi, and serve its interests in Kashmir in lieu for the government and other material favours".

But we should also say that there are some people, among common masses, who support these parties, raise slogans in their favor and vote for them in the elections", he said adding, "they are all traitors".

The pro Pak leader alleged that the "sale of Kashmir is a part of Indian agenda to change the demographic character of the state".

"They (government of India) want more and more outsiders to settle in Kashmir so that the Muslims could be reduced to minority. It is very unfortunate that people amongst us do support them in these designs", he said.

"This is Israeli’s way of subjugating Kashmir. The Israel also first captured the land of Palestine and then threw the people of Palestine out of their country," the Hurriyat chairman said adding, "if we failed to understand this tactics, we would also face the fate of Palestinians", he said.

He urged people to join together against these designs. Geelani called a general shutdown against sale of the land at Gulmarg, on both sides of the line of control on November 25.

Asiya Andrabi, the head of Women’s reformist organization Dukhtaran-e-Milat also spoke on the occasion and said, "the sale of Kashmir is a deep conspiracy, which should not be allowed to succeed".

She alleged that government of India has adopted a multi-pronged strategy to "strengthen its hold on Kashmir. They are using every available space be political, economic, civilian or military to its advantage", she said.

Taking a dig at the separatist political leadership, the Dakhtaran chief said that they (political leadership) was concentrating on political aspect only while other aspects have been ignored.

"We must take on the government on all fronts", she said.

Some other speakers also spoke on the occasion and expressed almost similar views.