'Kashmir people to decide their future'

Reacting over Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's special envoy Sheharyar Khan recent statement that India and Pakistan were close to a resolution on Kashmir on two occasions, Hurriyat hardline leader in Kashmir Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said that the people of Kashmir have not given the mandate to any one to ink ‘secret pact.’

“We have not given the mandate to anyone to enter into secret deal on Kashmir. The people here have rendered immense sacrifices and no one will ever be allowed to sabotage the same,” Geelani said. 

Khan, special envoy appointed by Sharif to improve relations with India had said the issue was close to a resolution on two occasions, once during Atal Bihari Vajpayee's time and later during the tenure of Manmohan Singh’s government.

“If Pakistan evolves any settlement of Kashmir with India without taking Kashmir’s people’s aspirations  on board, the leadership here will oppose it,” he said adding that the former president of Pakistan Pervez Musharraf’s four-point formula proved to be a disaster.“Those leaders who used to praise the four-point formula must understand that this formula is aimed at division of Kashmir at large,” he claimed.

The Hurriyat hawk said Pakistan must understand that the final solution of Kashmir lies in the aspirations of its people. 

“We consider Jammu, Kashmir, Ladakh, Gilgit and Baltistan as one territory and will not allow any establishment to divide our land,” he vowed.

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