Srinagar,The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani slammed the government for foiling its proposed seminar on right to self-determination on Thursday.
A spokesman of the organisation said that the seminar titled ‘Kashmir problem in light of right to self-determination’ was scheduled to be addressed by scholars, intellectuals and pro-freedom leaders.However, a large contingent of police deployed on the Srinagar airport road prevented the participants, journalists and Hurriyat activists from entering Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora, the venue for the seminar, the spokesman said.
“Police disallowed the seminar by blocking all roads leading to the venue,” he said, adding that the government also put Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai under house arrest, while Muhammad Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to central jail Srinagar.
The Hurriyat (G) strongly denounced the curbs on its political activities and warned of “dire consequences”, saying that “New Delhi-groomed henchmen in the state are implementing RSS agenda.”
Condemning the “illogical move” to disallow the seminar, the Hurriyat said that “it is undemocratic and worst form of dictatorial rule and the government is denying us the right to hold even academic events.”
New Delhi cannot deny the legitimacy and authenticity of UN resolutions on Kashmir as these stand witness that the political destiny of Jammu and Kashmir is yet to be decided, Geelani said in a statement.
Referring to resolutions passed on 5th January 1949, he said that even after seven decades, these resolutions are “viable and provide a peaceful and durable solution for the vexed and long-standing Kashmir issue.”
Geelani expressed his dismay over the role of the UN, saying “it is painful that this institution has failed to implement its resolutions.”
“It is unfortunate that it couldn’t contain the arrogant forces like New Delhi which are trampling all ethics in Jammu and Kashmir and resulting in continuous uncertainty in the entire sub-continent,” Geelani said.
On January 5, 1949, he said that a resolution accepted in the UN is a clear binding on both India and Pakistan to fulfill their commitments of resolving the Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspiration of the people through a peaceful referendum.
Geelani said that these resolutions guarantee the right to freedom and other political rights to everyone, irrespective of his faith and religion. He said that it is very unfortunate that New Delhi is “denying us our right and suppressing our aspirations with its military might.”
Citing examples and procedures adopted in Croatia, East Timor and South Sudan, the Hurriyat chairman said that if the UN can settle these issues, why the longest-pending issue is ignored and brushed under the carpet.