AFSPA, PSA offshoots of unresolved Kashmir issue: Geelani



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Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said that AFSPA and PSA were offshoots of an unresolved Kashmir problem, saying the dictatorial rule, imposition of draconian laws and continuation of occupation of Delhi, reflect the acceptance of defeat by the authorities as it signifies their nervousness and fear of facing the rightful resistance from people.

Referring to the Statement of Union minister Hansraj Gangaram, wherein he has stated that Delhi has no plans to withdraw AFSPA, (Armed Forces Special Powers Act) in Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani said that Delhi instead of accepting the hard realities about Kashmir issue, are resorting to barbarism, loot, plunder, genocide, rapes and through its military might suppress genuine aspiration of subjugated people in occupied state, Geelani in a statement said.

Delhi has added, black and barbarous chapter in history while denying the fundamental right of people in the state, Geelani asserted, saying especially since past thirty years, Indian is denying its political space, muzzling genuine voices and curbing peaceful activities in the state.

The ongoing freedom movement for the right to self-determination has entered indecisive phase, said Geelani and while lashing at ruling elite, added they instead of facing peaceful and political movement and its leadership on political turf, they resorted to military might and other coercive measures to suppress our genuine aspiration, however, failed, Geelani said.

Challenging state and union authorities, spokesman said that we time and again asked authorities to lift curbs and allow Syed Ali Geelani, (“who has been incarcerated continuously for last eight years”), however sensing the sentiments and enthusiasm of people with freedom movement, authorities are reluctant and seem to be in no mood to face Geelani on political turf.

Hailing people for their bravery, valour, high spirits and their commitment with freedom movement Geelani asked authorities,” for how long you will declare Kashmir as disturbed area” and carry all your coercive measures to devoid people from their fundamental right of freedom.

Referring to annals of history, Syed Ali Geelani suggested Indian authorities to shun fanatical politics and said that, the need of the hour is to acknowledge ground realities of the long-pending J&K dispute, saying history and the circumstances are enough to prove that rightful resistance movement never failed.

No power on earth or draconian laws like AFSPA can change the narrative, said Geelani, saying that authorities can use their delaying tactics but it will never stop us to achieve, what we are striving for.

Meanwhile, Geelani has expressed his deep grief over the demise of a prominent writer, columnist and poet, Maqbool Sahil and extended his condolences to the grieved family and prayed for the departed soul.


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