Bullying by NIA cannot force resistance leadership to participate in dialogue process, says Geelani

Srinagar

Reiterating the joint resistance leadership’s its appeal for civil curfew on September 10 against the visit of Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh to Jammu and Kashmir, Octogenarian Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday said the “oppressive measures and military might” can never suppress the resilience and resolve of the people, nor can “pressure tactics and bullying of NIA” force the leadership to participate in so-called dialogue process.

In a statement, the octogenarian leader said that the restrictions put in place by the government and disallowing resistance leadership to court arrest before the NIA in Delhi signifies a moral victory for the resistance camp.

Though the state police chief DGP Vaid had said that “resistance leaders are free to go anywhere”, Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were placed under house arrest and heavy contingents of police were deployed outside their residences, while Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to central jail Srinagar.

Geelani said that the resistance leaders had decided to court arrest before NIA in New Delhi for its highhandedness, revival of Ikhwan type bullying and intimidations against leadership and people, however authorities didn’t allow them to take this “democratic step”.

“It is the power of arrogance,” Geelani said, adding, “the affairs of puppet regime and police are looked after and run by authorities in Delhi. They are too insignificant that even CM and DGP are not sure about their destiny,” Geelani said in the statement.

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