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For Kashmir solution, Geelani echoes Vajpayee

Syed Ali Shah Geelani Syed Ali Shah Geelani
Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Posted: June 19, 2014 1:31 am | Updated: June 19, 2014 9:33 am

Echoing the words of former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has said the Kashmir issue can be “resolved only on humanitarian grounds”.

“I remember, (in) the political situation we are going through, for the first time we had heard from an Indian Prime Minister that Kashmir issue will be resolved on humanitarian grounds. Perhaps, he was the first person, first personality who talked about humanitarian grounds,” Geelani said in reference to Vajpayee’s famous “insaniyat ke dayirae mein (within the ambit of humanity)” statement. “But they only remained words,” Geelani added.

The Hurriyat leader was speaking at a blood donation camp organised by his party at Hyderpora Wednesday. A large number of youth turned up at the camp and as the numbers grew some of them had to leave without donating blood. Geelani promised to organise another blood donation camp for these youth after Ramzan — the Muslim month of fasting that starts later this month.

Geelani said all issues can be resolved only on humanitarian grounds. “Issues could be resolved only on the humanitarian grounds…but today no effort is being made in this regard.”

This is for the first time that Hurriyat chairman has praised Vajpayee’s statement for the solution of Kashmir issue. Geelani has been a severe critic of New Delhi especially the NDA-led governments.

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