Geelani asks Modi to do justice to Kashmiris first

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Srinagar
  • Updated: May 18, 2014 21:22 IST

Reacting to BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi's statement to "deliver justice from Kashmir to Kanyakumari", hardline Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said, "India is doing injustice to the people of Kashmir and from last six decades this country is trying to suppress the sentiment of these people."

"If justice will be done to people of Kashmir, it will be an act of welfare for Indian as well as millions of Asian people and the South Asian region will enter a new era of peace, stability and development," Geelani claimed.

The Hurriyat chairman said, "Though the birth year of Modi is 1950, but he would be aware of the tragedy of 1947 when only 72 days after the liberation of India and Pakistan from the forced occupation of Britain, India landed its troops in Jammu and Kashmir and forcibly enslaved the comparatively weak and unarmed people of Kashmir."

"If future prime minister of India, Modi, is sincere about his promise of doing justice, then he should undertake to fulfill the broken promises and Kashmiris should be given a chance to choose their future by holding plebiscite in this state," he added.

He said Modi expressed his sorrow for not contributing to the freedom movement of India "but he has a chance to understand the freedom movement of Kashmir in its real perspective and give them their right to self-determination."

"Modi had said in his statement that 'the new government will take decisions according to the wishes and aspiration of people', but only time will tell if these statements are given for the sake of statements or something concrete is hidden in them," he added.

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