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Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani
Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani

Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday strongly condemned the “autocratic and dictatorial” campaign by J&K police and administration to force pro-freedom activists in South Kashmir, especially Mohammad Yousuf Falahi and Mir Hafizullah and others, to surrender, “lest their houses and property will be seized”.

“These shameful acts won’t be able to deter freedom lovers or dent their resolve for the just cause,” incarcerated Hurriyat Conference chief said in a statement this evening.

Geelani condemned the police and local administration “not to treat everybody with a price tag who are ready to surrender their body and soul as you have done it”.

“Those fighting for their basic rights can never succumb to these mischievous pressure tactics,” he said, “Indian imperialistic mind set has tried these mechanics very hard, but they have failed in past and will definitely fail today as well.”

Meanwhile, Geelani expressed grief over the death of Altaf Hussain Reshi of Mundji Sopore.

Reshi was suffering from lung cancer and died a few days back at SIKMS Soura.

While offering condolences to the grieved family, Geelani said, “this young man was associated with Tehreek-e-Islami and was a staunch freedom loving person. He took part in various social welfare activities and was instrumental in the fund raising for the J&K Yateem Foundation.”

“The family had lost its head a few months back when his father Haji Ab Gaffar Reshi died in July 2016. They were yet to reconcile from that trauma and the fresh tragedy struck them yet again,” Geelani said.

While remembering the days when Haji Gaffar Reshi was active member of Jama’at-e-Islami and Altaf Ahmad was a kid, Geelani said, “the family always provided financial and strategic support to Jama’at in the days when effluent class was reluctant to side with them.”

Expressing grief on the death of another youth, Junaid Yousuf s/o ‘martyr’ Mohammad Yousuf Waza, Geelani said, “this orphan was adopted by Ashraf-bin Salam and he gave him fatherly affection and support.”

Commending Ashraf and his wife Ms Abida, Geelani said, “the tragic death of the beloved son must have struck them very hard emotionally and psychologically.”

“May Allah Almighty bestow them with Jannah,” Geelani said in his prayers. “Aameen!”

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