Scotland referendum: Kashmir leaders ask India to pave way for plebiscite

Srinagar, October 17: In the wake of Britain agreeing to allow referendum in Scotland, the Hurriyet leadership in occupied Kashmir has asked India to shun rigidity and pave the way for plebiscite in Kashmir as per UN resolutions.

The Chief Cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his response to the development said, UK’s decision has also reiterated our stand that referendum is even applicable today.” The veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a statement in Srinagar called on the leadership in New Delhi to fulfill promises with Kashmiris. “We are happy for the people of Scotland that their wish got fulfilled. We should not feel dejected as we will also get our birthright as per the UN resolutions. Indian leadership has promised us right to self-determination. They have to fulfill it sooner or later,” he added.

Welcoming the referendum for Scotland, the Democratic Freedom Party President, Shabbir Ahmad Shah said, “There are 18 resolutions in our favour in UN, and five lakh people have sacrificed their lives over the issue, but world has yet to strongly advocate referendum in our case. India should accept our demand promised by their first prime minister.”

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front, Nayeem Khan accused the world community of double standards, “Referendum was held in east Timor but for disputes involving Muslims, the world community is indifferent. They have different yardsticks to measure. It is time for the world community to accept sacrifices rendered by the Kashmiris for their legitimate right,” he demanded.

Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chief Asiya Andrabi accused the world community of discrimination on religious lines. “Referendum has taken place at many places like East Timor in the world over the years but wherever Muslims are fighting for their rights, the world ignores them.”

Liberation leader, Javed Ahmed Mir called on the world to accept the demands of Kashmiris as guaranteed by the United Nations way back in 1947.

KMS

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