Hardline separatist Hurriyat is up in arms against the Narendra Modi government’s move to close down the office of the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) in New Delhi.
“This action can neither change the status of Kashmir issue nor help resolve it. India itself took this dispute to the UNO,” said Geelani.
Geelani’s statement came a day after the Modi government asked the UNMOGIP to vacate its office from Purana Qila Road.
“This biggest institution (UN) of the world justifies the struggle of the Kashmiri nation. It recommended the right to self determination to the people of Kashmir when the UN passed 18 resolutions. Both India and Pakistan are signatory to these resolutions,” said Geelani.
Hardline Hurriyat spokesman said the order of the government to vacate the office premises of UNMOGIP “is equal to running away from the reality and it proves that the new government in New Delhi is immature and unbalanced and they are acting in haste”.
The hardline Hurryat also disapproved the stand that “UNMOGIP’s role has been overtaken by the Simla Agreement”.
“The prime and the real party to the Kashmir dispute are the Kashmiris. Neither were they part of the Simla agreement nor were they asked any view point,” said the Hurriyat spokesman.
The UNMOGIP, established under a UN Security Council Resolution, was meant to supervise the ceasefire line established under the Karachi Agreement of July 1949. It has an office in Srinagar too.