UN resolutions on Kashmir can’t be defied: Geelani

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday said that India cannot “defy the legitimacy and authenticity of UN resolutions as these stand witness that political destiny of Jammu and Kashmir is yet to be decided”.
“UN resolutions form basics and guarantee the peaceful and amicable solution of issue as per aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Syed Ali Geelani.
While commenting over the resolution passed on 5th January 1949, Hurriyat (G) chairman said: “Even after seven decades these resolutions are a viable and provide a peaceful and durable solution for this vexed and long-standing issue.”
Expressing his dismay over the role of UNO, Geelani said that it is painful that this institution failed to implement its resolutions.
Geelani said that on January 5, 1949 resolution accepted in UN is binding on both India and Pakistan.
“They need to fulfill their commitment of resolving Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspiration of the people through a peaceful referendum,” Geelani said, adding: “These resolutions guarantee the right to freedom and other political rights to everyone irrespective of his faith and religion.”
Geelani said that it is very unfortunate that “India is denying our right and suppressing our aspirations with its military might”.
Citing the examples and procedures adopted in Croatia, East Timor and South Sudan, Hurriyat chairman (G) said that if UN can settle these issues, what is the reason that the longest pending issue is ignored and brushed under carpet.
“People of state, Pakistan and India are the principal parties and viable and lasting solution is impossible without taking into consideration the aspiration of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said, adding no solution to the dispute will be legitimate without the participation of the people of Kashmir.
Syed Ali Geelani also expressed his grief over demise of Habibullah Andrabi, father of Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Vice Chancellor Kashmir University and Director Agriculture Altaf Aijaz Andrabi and prayed for departed souls. He extended his condolences with bereaved families.