#Day31: No Employment, Package, Development Can Weaken Our Demand for Azadi, says Geelani



Geelani during press briefing at his Hyderpora residence on Wednesday condemning 31st PSA on Masarat Alam Bhat. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)
Geelani during press briefing at his Hyderpora residence on Wednesday condemning 31st PSA on Masarat Alam Bhat. (Photo: Bilal Bahadur/KL)

While referring to the visit of some parliament members to the strife torn state, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (g), chairperson Syed Ali Geelani Monday said that it is “surprising” that law makers in Delhi only wake up from their “slum sleep by death and destruction of Kashmiris”.

“Indian armed forces and local police have unleashed the reign of terror in the state slitting the throats of more than 60 innocents, blinding about 400, injuring about 6000 and after complete one month brutal carnage, these people are coming to ‘sooth’ our wounds,” ailing Geelani said in a statement this evening, “these people are not ready to come out of the cocoon of their national interest.”

Geelani appealed the people that wherever they (Parliamentarians) go, whichever place they visit whether hospitals or localities they should be “welcomed by slogans of freedom”.

“They should be told unanimously and in one voice that no employment, no package, no development and even no mockery of so-called negotiations can fade or weaken the zest of our demand for Azadi,” Geelani asserted.

Bashir Ahmad Qureshi addressing peopel at Jinab Sahab Soura on Monday.
Bashir Ahmad Qureshi addressing people at Jinab Sahab Soura on Monday.

“It should be conveyed to them in more than clear terms that our struggle will continue till the last Indian solider on our soil,” he added.

Referring to the widespread arrest spree throughout state, Geelani said, “policemen join the demonstrations in civil dresses, identify the youth and then arrest them in nocturnal raids. In police stations, they are subjected to worse kind of torture and inhuman and uncivilized treatment. They demand ransom for their release. Thereby, making it very profitable business for them. These black sheep in police are once again warned that either they desist from these anti-people and anti-movement activities or face the consequences as we all especially young generation are the custodians of this holy struggle or we keep an eagle’s eye on it and will never allow anybody who so ever he or she may be to derail it.”

The Hurriyat Conference chairperson strongly condemned continuous solitary confinement of his secretary Peer Saifullah who is suffering from Brain Tumour and in case his condition deteriorates “government will be itself responsible for the consequences”.

Referring to the anti-minority posters, Syed Ali Geelani said that these are “mischievous acts of the agencies” and requested people particularly youth of South Kashmir including Pulwama to check the credentials of such posters and culprits involved and make their identity public so that “they will be dealt with accordingly”, the statement said.

Davinder Singh addressing people at Jinab Sahab Soura on Monday.
Davinder Singh addressing people at Jinab Sahab Soura on Monday.

Commenting on the report of illegal constructions around Dal, Geelani cautioned those involved and their political mentors not to take undo advantage of prevailing circumstances and desist from such shameful acts.

He appealed people to follow strictly to tomorrow’s program in letter and spirit i.e. women’s protests from Zuhr to Asr and men’s protest from Asr to Magrib; play Islamic and Azadi Taranas in Masjids from Magrib to Isha.

Meanwhile, on the direction of Syed Ali Geelani, a Hurriyat delegation led by Advocate Davinder Singh and Bashir Ahmad Qureshi visited Jinab Sahab Soura to address a public rally.

“The government of India should fulfil the promises made by their leader Jawahar lal Nehru at national and international levels that the people of the Jammu and Kashmir will be given the Right to Self Determination,’ the duo said while addressing the people.

Davinder Singh in his address said that the Sikh community of Jammu and Kashmir stands with the Muslim brethren in this “crucial stage”.

“The democracy encourages the right to speak, but whenever we speak peacefully the Indian forces and police kill innocent people,’ he said.

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