Geelani calls for Shutdown on Oct 27



While terming the 27 October as black day and the day of mourning for the Kashmiris, Hurriyat (g) chief Syed Ali Geelani called for complete shutdown on this day and appealed the people to hoist black flags everywhere on the day.

He said, “68 years back India without any constitutional and moral justifications forcibly occupied the state of Jammu & Kashmir on the same day and since then this army is mercilessly killing the innocent and unarmed Kashmiris, vandalizing their properties and raping their daughters and sisters.”

Geelani who is under continuous house detention from last 6 months was barred from offering the Friday congregational prayers.

Besides Geelani, senior Hurriyat Conference leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Ayaz Akbar, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat district president Srinagar and Ganderbal Raja Mehraj-ud-din and Mohammad Ashraf Laya also continued to remain under house arrest and to thwart the protest program of Geelani which was given against the killing of Udhampur attack victim Zahid Rasool Bhat.

Police also raided dozens of pro-freedom people and arrested dozens of youths, the Hurriyat (g) said.

In a statement issued to the press, Geelani said, “27 October 1947 is that unfortunate and unlucky day for the Kashmiris on which their freedom was forcibly snatched from them and India against the wishes of the people landed its troops here. The people of the Jammu & Kashmir were neither asked for their views about that forced occupation on that day and nor are their wishes and aspirations being respected today.”

While terming the accession of Maharaja Hari Singh with India as controversial, unreliable and undemocratic, the pro-freedom leader said, “firstly the experts raise many important questions over the occurrence of that accession and secondly Maharaja had not got any such mandate from the people of the state. Who had given this authority to an individual that a single person will decide the future of the millions of people on his own and at a time when he was facing a major rebellion in the state and when he was ousted by the people and he left the throne in Srinagar and fled to Jammu.”

“The Indian National Congress had at that time adopted a stand about the princely states that the decision regarding to the future of these states will not be taken by the Maharajas or kings but it is the sole right of the people of the states and they will be asked for their wishes and views about the merging in Pakistan or with the India. Rulers of Hyderabad and Junagarh of that time wanted to merge their states with Pakistan but India landed its army there by saying that it is against the principles of partition and the wishes of the people but the same rulers of India adopted duel policies on Kashmir and occupied this state against the wishes and aspirations of its people,” Geelani said.


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