Geelani addresses militant families in south Kashmir

Hurriyat (G) Conference chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday addressed a huge gathering of mourners of the slain Asif Ahmad Malik and Irfan Rashid Dar, through a phone call in Pulwama and Dooru in Islamabad. Both were recently killed during an encounter with government forces.

The spokesman in a statement said that since 1947, our nation has rendered unparalleled sacrifices, thousands were caged and tortured, properties worth billions razed to the ground and looted, and sexual assault and rape used as a war weapon. But the government has not been able to suppress our emotions.

Paying rich tributes, Geelani said “our youth lay their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation and for the right to self-determination and reiterated his pledge to take the ongoing movement to its logical end. We will never allow anybody to barter with the precious blood of “martyrs”, he said. We need to be aware of this and we are duty bound to safeguard their sacrifices and should desist from such activities which prove harmful for our movement, added Geelani.

Hurriyat chairman said that since the past 71 years, list of crimes committed by the government forces is very long and it lengthened with each passing day. Killings, rapes, molestations, ransacking of buildings, arrests, humiliations, and harassments are common and much-used tools by the world’s largest democracy.

Pro-freedom leader urged people to boycott upcoming elections and asked them to exhibit steadfastness and keep away from these elections as participation in elections is tantamount to “treason with the blood of martyrs”.

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