Kashmir issue more significant than Modi’s, Jaitley’s political stature: Geelani


Ridiculing the statement of Arun Jaitley wherein he has said that India won’t talk with resistance leadership, Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said that he has never begged for talks before India nor shall he agree to bilateral talks.

“We will never talk with those following fascist dogma. Despite rigid and obstinate approach of Indian authorities, we will pursue our mission till India and its leaders shun its rigid approach,” Geelani said.

The ailing leader said Delhi’s “colonial and despotic” approach won’t change the historical realities about Kashmir issue nor can they break our resolve. “Occupation never lasts long and they may continue forced occupation but it is a temporary phase and must go.”

The octogenarian leader said the denial by Narendra Modi or Arun Jaitley, makes no difference, and added that Kashmir issue is much more significant than their political stature.

Geelani said that despite its military might and luring some henchmen, Indian leadership could not change the discourse of Kashmir issue.

Geelani said that Kashmir issue is a big hurdle for long-lasting   peaceful atmosphere in subcontinent.

Strongly criticizing “Jan Sangh” leadership, Geelani said that they are blindly following a pointless path leading nowhere and it will obviously lead them to astray and class war.

Geelani said there is no guarantee of life and dignity in India and Muslims and other communities feel insecure.

Meanwhile, Geelani expressed sorrow for shifting Aasiya Andrabi to Amphala jail.

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The octogenarian leader said that PDP and Jan Sangh led regime has virtually turned state into a battlefield.

Geelani said that state authorities are pushing people to wall and warned administration of dire consequences if such “brutalities” against civilians are not stopped.

The Hurriyat patriarch said Andrabi is suffering from multiple ailments and is critically ill and shifting her to Amphala would turn detrimental to her.

Geelani while criticizing the state government said that they are following dictates from IB and their brute approach for detainees is quite evident.

“If anything untoward happens to ailing leader, the government shall have to face consequences.”

He said the unbridled powers vested in them and use of brute force against civilians is of great concern.

Terming use of pellets against protesting students as unjustified, Geelani said that instead of considering the reason and root cause of unrest among students, the use of brute force would further escalate the appalling situations.

He stressed for immediate release of students and demanded stringent action against those erring forces personnel who raided college in Pulwama and other educational institutions.


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