Kashmiris to accept nothing short of self-determination

Srinagar, December 20, 2013 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, has said that Kashmir is not a border dispute between Pakistan and India and the Kashmiris will not accept anything short of right to self-determination.

Syed Ali Gilani addressing a seminar in Srinagar said that the Kashmiri people would continue their struggle till they were given their inalienable right to self-determination and the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with their aspirations.

He maintained that the people of Pakistan had rendered unparalleled sacrifices for the cause of Kashmiris. He said that the government of Pakistan must keep up with its traditional policy on the dispute and focus on the UN resolutions for its settlement.

The veteran leader deplored that India was using cultural aggression in Jammu and Kashmir to strengthen its illegal occupation over the territory. He said that the schemes implemented in the occupied territory with typical Hindi dialect were a part of this cultural aggression.

“We are forced to know the typical Hindi language which we are not used to. India knows that Kashmiris have revolted against its military aggression and now the Indian government is using other tools like cultural and social aggression,” he added.

Syed Ali Gilani said that cultural aggression had emerged as a major threat to Kashmiri society. “Cultural aggression is more dangerous than army’s control of Kashmir. It (cultural aggression) cannot be controlled by power or gun. For this we need to impart religious and moral education to our young generation. We need to set up such educational institutions which produce not only doctors and engineers but also religious scholars,” he stated.

The veteran leader castigating the pro-India political parties said that they had been safeguarding New Delhi’s interests in the territory. “Pro-India parties including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party and Congress are responsible for plight of Kashmiris and they are hindering resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” he added.

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