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Geelani JR talks of ‘realities’, pitches for peace in valley

india Updated: Jun 04, 2011 22:31 IST
Arun Joshi
Arun Joshi
Hindustan Times
Arun Joshi

Naeem Geelani, son of the iconic secessionist figure Syed Ali Shah Geelani in Kashmir, is shy of talking about his role in the politics of Kashmir but quite candidly acknowledges "worsening situation in Pakistan "and heavy turn out of voters in the ongoing panchayat elections.

At this moment, he cannot hide his desperation for "peace in Kashmir", and at some points the differences between his approach and that of his father are too clear to be missed.

"People have voted in panchayat elections. That's a reality. Why did they vote, that's for them to tell you," Naeem said in a telephonic interview with Hindustan Times on Saturday morning. Senior Geelani had given a call for the boycott of Panchayat polls.

"Pakistan burning is a reality. There is no escape from this fact. Whether it is Pakistan's own doing or otherwise, the result is horrifying. This problem was there before as well, but now the flames are leaping high... It pains and hurts,," he said of the volatile situation in Pakistan.

But he maintained that the situation in Pakistan should not be linked to Kashmir resolution. "Our (Kashmir) issue should be resolved" and asserted "Pakistan is a party to it."

Regarding former Pakistan president Pervez Musharraf's four point formula, which his father had criticised as dilution in Pakistan's support to Kashmir cause, Nameem said: "honestly speaking, I cannot comment on this. Certain things are very delicate. My father has the stature to comment on this. One may differ, whether Musharraf diluted or took a bold step. But Pakistan cannot afford to dilute (support to Kashmir cause) at any stage."

On the killing of Osama bin Laden in Pakistan, Nameen said: "I don't believe that he (Osama) was killed there. There is no evidence to his death."

But your father organised funeral prayers for him, to this Naeem said: I still believe that the whole thing is a mystery, more so because of the claim of his burial at sea by the US agencies."

He refused to comment on the presence of foreign militants in Kashmir.

"As a Kashmiri, let me tell you we are peace loving people. We want peace with dignity, and for that Kashmir issue should be settled once and for all. No patch work will bring peace," Naeem who is a doctor by profession said.

"Dialogue, dialogue with whom. Unless the two sides agree that there is an issue what is the point of holding talks ," he said, and asked: "What happened to those who held the dialogue," a reference to the moderate Hurriyat Conference leaders who had entered into talks with Delhi but backtracked after they found that their suggestions were not accepted.