Geelani asks Pakistan to elect honest politicians

Srinagar: Hurriyat leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Monday said a stable Pakistan was indispensable for the resolution of the Kashmir issue and asked the people of the neighbouring country to elect honest politicians.

Addressing a gathering in Lahore on the phone from New Delhi, Geelani asked the people of Pakistan to reject tainted and corrupt politicians and elect only those “who are able to guard ideological and geographical boundaries of the country”. The meeting was convened by Jamaat-e-Islami Pakistan to remember Qazi Hussain Ahmad, who recently passed away.

In his 20-minute address, the chairman of the hardline faction of the Hurriyat Conference paid glowing tributes to Ahmad, describing him as a true friend of the Kashmiris. “He was a great sympathiser of Kashmiris and the Kashmir cause,” Geelani said.

He told the gathering that Kashmiris wanted to see a prosperous and stable Pakistan, because that was essential for the resolution of the Kashmir issue. Accusing India of suppressing “ the freedom aspirations of the Kashmiris through its military might, Geelani said: “The Kashmiri struggle is against this military suppression."

"Pakistan is the only moral supporter of Kashmiris in this struggle. Pakistan supports our right to self-determination and takes up the issue at international fora. Kashmiris want to see a stable Pakistan.”

He expressed concern over the internal situation in Pakistan, and alleged that external groups and organisations were fuelling sectarian divide in Pakistan — with the support of “some fickle minded people” within the country — to destabilise Pakistan. He urged the people of the country to defeat such designs by elected sincere and committed people.

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