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Geelani appeals India-Pak to shun confrontation and address J&K as human issue

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VOV Correspondent:

Srinagar: Expressing concern over the growing hostility between India and Pakistan, senior Hurriyat leader and Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani has appealed both the countries not to come to brink of war and bring miseries to the people of sub-continent.

Syed Ali Shah Geelani in a press statement has expressed deep anguish over the recent killing of teenagers in Poonch due to border shelling. He said that India is suffering from arrogance of power and they refuse to recognize the realities of Jammu and Kashmir. Describing the recent statements of BJP and RSS about J&K as provocative, Geelani said that people of Jammu and Kashmir will never allow such fascist designs to succeed. RSS Chief Mohan Bhagwat has recently said that Jammu and Kashmir should be assimilated with rest of the country and necessary constitutional amendments should be made to do so including repealing Article 370. His is statement was supported by Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singh of BJP who said that it was national agenda of BJP to repeal Article 370 and described his silence over the issue as coalition compulsion.

Appealing both India and Pakistan to exercise restraint, Geelani said that God forbid any flare-up can result in war and it will destroy the peace of South Asia. He said that the dialogue was the only way out to resolve the Kashmir issue and accused India of trying to deal with Kashmir as a law and order problem.

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