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Geelani expresses concern at escalation of Indo-Pak tensions

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Srinagar, Feb 26: Hurriyat-G chairman Syed Ali Geelani has expressed serious concern over the escalation of tensions between India and Pakistan due to the rising incidents of cross-Line of Control firing.

In a press statement issued today Geelani termed the “ongoing assault along the LoC as a deliberate attempt of India to draw attention away from the Kashmir issue and mislead its own population about it.”

Seeking UN intervention in addressing the Kashmir issue, Geelani said it is the main reason for prevailing tensions along border.

Geelani stressed upon the leadership of both the countries to exhibit political maturity, saying “Pakistan has a right to defend its territory from Indian aggression; but keeping in view the loss of precious lives, both are appealed to observe restraint and patience.”

Geelani stated that the main cause of tension between the two countries is the pending Kashmir dispute and it is due to this lingering dispute that both the countries have fought wars.

He said that the unresolved Kashmir dispute has created insecurity and instability in the entire South Asia.

“UN should press India to stop human rights violations in Kashmir and stress to resolve Kashmir as per the UN resolutions,” Geelani said.

Blaming Indian leadership for their “haughty and stubborn attitude”, Geelani said that “India, instead of taking care of its starving population, has started a mad race for arms and ammunitions, endangering whole region.

“War is no option, it will cause devastation and destruction as both India and Pakistan are nuclear countries. Any flare-up can prove extremely detrimental,” said Geelani.

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