Aging and ailing Kashmir separatist leader – Syed Ali Shah Geelani has urged Pakistani PM Imran Khan to respond to India’s “annexation” in Jammu and Kashmir by dissolving the Tashkent, Shimla and Lahore agreements signed between India and Pakistan.
Islamabad must withdraw “from all aspects” of several peace accords with India and re-designate the de facto Kashmir border Line of Control back to ceasefire line, Geelani urged Imran Khan on Tuesday.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani, a 92-year-old Kashmiri separatist leader of Hurriyat Conference incarcerated at home for almost a decade, said, “Since India has unilaterally ended all bilateral agreements, Pakistan should also announce a withdrawal from all aspects of the Tashkent, Shimla and Lahore agreements.”
“Pakistan should also re-designate the LoC as the ceasefire line since India has now taken the situation back to the status as existed in 1947-48,” Geelani said in a rare letter issued by his faction of All Parties Hurriyet (Freedom) Conference.
“India’s announcement on 5th August 2019, to forcibly annex Jammu and Kashmir and break up the state is an attempt to physically change its internationally accepted disputed status. This unilateral action is against the UN resolutions that guarantee the people the right to self-determination,” he said.
Meanwhile, Pakistan media has been at the forefront of reporting the so-called Indian military lockdown and restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir valley.
According to Kashmir Media Service and reports in media, restrictions under Section 144 and ban on prepaid phones, SMS and internet services remain enforced. As a mark of silent protest, people in the Valley continue to keep their shops closed except for a brief period in the morning and evening and stay away from schools and offices. Public transport is also unavailable.