Jammu and Kashmir is naturally a part of Pakistan, asserts Geelani; Malik calls for unity


Srinagar, Octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said that Jammu and Kashmir was ‘naturally a part of Pakistan’, while his deputy and long-time aide Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai said, the present-day state of affairs of Muslims proves pragmatism and sagacity of “Quaid-e-Azam” Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The duo was addressing a day-long seminar at the former’s residence-cum-office at Hyderpora to commemorate the 140th birth anniversary of Allama Iqbal (R.A). The Seminar was also addressed by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairperson Muhammad Yasin Malik and other senior leaders.

Geelani said Lord Mountbatten, the Governor General of India, on January 15 had declared that the princely states had a choice to join any of the two states created in 1947. “There were three points for any princely states to join India or Pakistan; religion, culture and boundaries, he explained.

He said that Muslims were 85 percent of the total population and 750 miles of our boundaries are along the border of Pakistan which means, naturally Jammu and Kashmir is a part of Pakistan, “but India has militarily occupied us”.

The assertion comes at a time when the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi that the idea of “independent Kashmir is not based on reality” has invited a huge debate on social media. “I do not see reality in Kashmir being independent,” Shahid Khaqan Abbasi had said while interacting with the students at London School of Economics.

“Kashmir should be resolved according to the United Nations Security Resolutions which call for the right to self-determination for the people of Kashmir,” he said.

Geelani lamented that despite the “butchering” of more than six lac Muslims in Jammu by the Hindus, the then leadership, without naming Sheikh Abdullah, of Jammu and Kashmir could not envisage the ramifications of J&K becoming part of India. He said that the current mayhem in Jammu and Kashmir is due to those infamous decisions of the infamous leaders.