OP Shah meets Geelani, Sehrai
Gets rebuff over offering Musharaf's4-point proposal
Srinagar: On Tuesday political analyst and a track II diplomat, O P Shah met Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai at their Hyderpora office.
Shah had sought appointment to meet the leaders two weeks back and held hour long meetings with them separately.
“According to Shah he only made a visit as he wants good relation between the two nuclear powers and he was not meeting the leaders as a government’s emissary,” sources said.
Sources claimed that Shah had to face heat from Sehrai and Geelani after he invoked former Pakistan General Musharraf’s four-point formula as a possible solution to the Kashmir crisis during his discussion with the leaders.
“He asked Sehrai and Geelani that was there any room for Musharraf’s formula to resolve Kashmir imbroglio as former Pakistan premier had held discussions over it across the board and had ‘military backing as well’.
“It is not our formula,” Geelani is learned to have told Shah.
Sehrai in his meeting with Shah had said that plebiscite within the territorial boundaries of State of Jammu and Kashmir that existed in 1947 including, Gilgit, Baltistan and Azad Kashmir.
In Shah’s meeting with Tehreek e Hurriyat Chairman, sources said that Shah was told that Musharraf was nobody to detail about the future of Kashmir.
“Who is he to decide about us. Kashmir is not Musharaf’s property that he can decide about its future,” Shah, according to sources was told.
While Shah urged Sehrai at look at the Kashmir issue on a larger canvas visualizing the future relations of the two countries, Sehrai according to sources told him that “the road to peace for the two countries goes through Kashmir.”
He said that as a Kashmiri he is more concerned about the people living here, upon whom the ‘state terror’ has been unleashed.
Sehrai, according to sources told Shah that the ‘our struggle is not to turn India in to an Islamic state but we are fighting for our political freedom”.
“You want to turn India in to a Hindu Rashtra, let Indians do so but beyond the borders of Lakhanpur,” Sehrai, is reported to have informed Shah.