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Jinnah never opposed plebiscite in Kashmir: Geelani

Kashmiri seperatist leader Syed Ali ShahSaturday, May 18, 2013 – Srinagar—Reacting to noted writer and legal luminary A G Noorani’s claim that Muhammad Ali Jinnah had rejected Lord Mountbatten’s plebiscite plan in 1947, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said Noorani has ignored historic facts as Jinnah never opposed plebiscite proposal.

The Hurriyat (G) chairman also rejected the four-point proposal, stating that implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir was the only way out.

In a statement issued here, Geelani said Noorani has distorted realities vis-à-vis Kashmir.

“We blame Noorani for his deliberate attempt to distort the facts regarding history and Kashmir issue. We also reject his idea of four-point proposal as UN resolutions and right to self determination is the only solution,” Geelani said. “We will continue to oppose every step that would favour status-quo on Kashmir.” Taking a dig at Noorani, Geelani said the writer by advocating four-point proposal has rubbed salt on the wounds of people of Kashmir who have offered priceless sacrifices. “Noorani should read writing on the wall that situations across the globe change and India would one day accept the disputed nature of Kashmir and allow right to self determination,” he said.

He said Jinnah had some reservations with Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who was the Emergency Administrator of J&K in 1947. “He (Jinnah), however, was not against the plebiscite proposal,” Geelani said. “When plebiscite proposal reached Jinnah for the first time, he stated owing to the partition principle, J&K has 85 per cent Muslim population and hence the state should go with Pakistan.

Jinnah also stated that there was no need for plebiscite as J&K should be part of Pakistan if partition principles would be applied.”

Geelani, however, said Jinnah later accepted the proposal for the plebiscite on the condition that Indian forces and tribals should vacate Kashmir and Governor Generals of India and Pakistan should take over the control of J&K and hold plebiscite without any delay. “This indicates that Jinnah did not want any interference of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah who had developed closerelations with Nehru,” he said.

He said Jinnah had disapproved the authority of Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah as “administrator” as the former had developed close relations and intimacy with Jawahar Lal Nehru. “Keeping in view the situation, there were apprehensions that Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah may favour India and his open and favourable stand in favour of India had created doubt about his approach,” Geelani said. “Sheikh had come closer to Indian leaders in 1938 when he converted Muslims Conference into National Conference.”

Referring to Sheikh’s autobiography “Aatish-e-Chinar”, Geelani said Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah too has agreed that Jinnah had asked him to review and consider his stand, but he (Sheikh) ignored the plea and signed the instrument of accession with India.—NNI