Mehbooba Mufti’s Take Over Won’t Affect Our Struggle: Geelani

Mohammad Raafi

SRINAGAR

Syed Ali Geelani on way his way back home on Wednesday. He was in New Delhi for health reasons.
Syed Ali Geelani on way his way back home on Wednesday. He was in New Delhi for health reasons.

Hurriyat Conference (g) chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday arrived to his Hyderpora residence with people welcoming him with pro-Geelani and pro-freedom slogans.

While Geelani was scheduled to reach Srinagar on coming Sunday, however, “due to scorching heat” in Delhi, Geelani pre-poned his visit and reached Srinagar this afternoon.

Amid slogans like Aaya aaya Sher Aaya, Geelani drove to his office-cum-residence.

The activists also broke the police cordon at the entrance to lane connecting Geelani’s residence paving way for everyone to enter the conglomerate’s office where the veteran leader addressed a press conference.

Geelani, on the occasion, criticized both Union as well as state administration over harassment of Kashmiri students studying in the Valley as well as in various mainland India Institutions.

He said, “It is part of Kashmiris’ culture and civilization that they don’t harm people of other regions.”

“Our Deen teaches us not have any animosity with people on the basis of religion, race or nationality,” Geelani said in response to a question over the recent developments in NIT. “If non-state subjects are studying here, there should no hurdle in their study on our part.”

However, Geelani lashed out at RSS, BJP and Sangh Parivar. “The harassment of Kashmiri students is because of the Sangh Parivar,” he said. “It is responsibility of GoI to save Kashmiri students in other students.”

He asked non-local students “not to resort to violence against their local counter parts”. “This college belonged to state but India occupied it too and made it an All India level institution due to which such incidents are taking place.”

He asserted, “we will not bear such a situation… hamaari taraf say koi bhi paray shaani nai honi chahiye jo bahar say bchay yahan padnay aaye hai.”

“Time has come for people of all religions and regions of Jammu and Kashmir to unite against Indian illegal occupation and RSS which is bent to impose its agenda in the State,” he said.

Terming “people not expressing any kind of enthusiasm” over Ms Mehbooba Mufti’s taking oath as first woman chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir as a “part of Kashmir struggle”, Geelani said, “taking over of first woman as CM of J&K won’t affect our struggle.”

As everyone was waiting for Geelani to come, J&K Police reached the spot and “forced media personnel out of the venue”.

“This was uncalled for,” the reporters who were covering the event said, “we demand proper action against the accused.”

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