Thursday, January 22, 2009

Text of the letter to Mr. David Miliband delivered by Syed Ali Shah Geelani.

Syed Ali Geelani 


All parties Hurriet (Freedom) Confrence Jammu & Kashmir.

H/O Raj-bagh Srinagar. PH No 9205021300

Dear Mr. David Miliband,

Apropos your article, “War on Terror Was Wrong” published in the Guardian 15 January 2009. I value your ideas.

I appreciate your ideas on the resolution of Kashmir dispute and thank you much for articulating the importance of resolving this dispute for ushering in peace in South-Asia.

The Kashmir Dispute is the oldest unresolved dispute in on the agenda of the United Nations. India and Pakistan have signed an International agreement way back in 1948 under aegis of the United Nations Security guaranteeing exercising of the right to self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been struggling for this right for past sixty one years. About half a million people have sacrificed their lives during past six decades for this cause. Hundreds of martyr’s grave sites bear testimony to the sacrifices made by people. And hundreds of unmarked mass graves tell a woeful tale of the human rights violations committed by occupying Indian forces in our land.

The dispute over Kashmir as you very rightly have identified has imperiled peace in the region and is the cause for India and Pakistan tension.

Appreciating your understanding of importance of the resolutions of Kashmir dispute in accordance with norms of justice and fair play and respect for international law for peace in the region we in All Parties Hurriyat Conference look forward for your playing a pro-active role in this regard.

I once again thank you for your concern 13 million Kashmiris and peace in the region.

Thanking you

Sincerely Yours 

Syed Ali Geelani 

[KW Note: Syed Ali Shah Geelani is one of the renowned leaders of the Freedom Struggle of Jammu & Kashmir who is active under the umbrella of All Parties Hurriyat (Freedom) Conference. He is one of the few leaders of the Indian occupied Jammu & Kashmir who raised his voice effectively and forcefully against the Indian occupation. He has spent 14 years of his life in prison and has thus become one of the few public leaders to spend so long a period of his life in prison.

He is one of the few persons who strengthened the Freedom Struggle in Kashmir and is, again one of the few persons who have been leading the freedom forces quite admirably. During the past 50 years he has manfully braved persecution and faced tremendous difficulties. 

Syed Ali Geelani is a sincere, capable and courageous leader who has been constantly influencing the Kashmiri youth with his sincerity of purpose perseverance and steely determination inspired by his leadership and indomitable fighting spirit which has kept the flame of the struggle for the Kashmiris right of self-determination burning in the hearts of the millions of the freedom-loving people of the State.

David Miliband has been MP for South Shields since June 2001. 

He studied Politics, Philosophy and Economics at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. In 1988/9 he won a Kennedy Scholarship to study for a Masters' Degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States. 

David's first job was in the voluntary sector, working for the National Council for Voluntary Organisations. He was then Research Fellow at the Institute for Public Policy Research, and from 1992-94 Secretary of the Commission on Social Justice, set up by the then Leader of the Labour Party, John Smith, to work out new approaches to welfare policy. 

From 1994 to 1997 David worked as Head of Policy for Tony Blair, working on the policies that would help Labour into government. He was then Head of the Prime Minister's Policy Unit in Downing Street during Labour's first term in office from 1997 to 2001. He helped found the Centre for European Reform, and has edited two books, Reinventing the Left, and Paying for Inequality.

Foreign Secretary: Currently David Miliband is the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs (the Foreign Secretary). He is responsible to Parliament for the work of the FCO. He is supported by two Ministers of State, three Parliamentary Under-Secretaries of State, and a Permanent Under-Secretary of State (PUS) who is the Head of the Diplomatic Service.]

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