LAHORE – Veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday warned Pakistan that its people would react forcefully if Islamabad struck any secret deal with India over Kashmir dispute. In an interview with BBC, Geelani said “There is no compromise on Kashmir as it is not only an issue of 1.4 million Kashmiris but also of 160 million Pakistanis.”

He said that the present government was toeing the policy of Pervez Musharraf over the Kashmir issue. Referring to a 10-year old meeting held in KSA with COAS General Ashfaq Pervez Kayani, who was then ISI chief, Geelani said that several other generals present there tried to persuade him over Musharraf’s 4-point agenda, which “I refused to accept and called it an eyewash.

 He said he would convey his reservations to Pakistani ambassador in New Dehli on Pakistan Day (23rd March), adding that if Pakistan and India secretly agree on something over Kashmir, it would certainly be rejected by the people of Kashmir and Pakistan.

He dubbed MFN status to India as rubbing salt into Kashmiris’ wounds.