Statements by Army, Police Chiefs Is Kashmir’s Moral Victory, Geelani says

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Srinagar

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Monday while commenting over the statements of Gen Bipin Rawat and state police chief S P Vaid said they have admitted that through arbitrary measures and unabated killings, Delhi couldn’t break the resolve of Kashmiri people.

In a statement, Geelani while referring to the statement of Army chief Gen Bipin Rawat wherein he said that “neither forces nor militants will achieve their goal (through gun)” said his assertions are ambiguous and portray only distorted form of events.

“Their statements confirm our moral victory and illustrates that nation has upper hand. It is a victory mark for my people,” Geelani said, adding that Gen Rawat needed to visit the annals of Kashmir history.

Geelani said it is absurd to say that people of Kashmir favour Delhi, instead the government forces are engaged in a war against innocent civilians in every nook and corner of the state. “It testifies our claim that government authorities are living in an illusion and believe in military might,” he said.

“Don’t tinker or misquote history,” Hurriyat (G) chairman insisted, adding that distortion of events and facts can never change the narrative and that misinterpretation of facts can never suppress or subdue aspirations and ambitions of people.

“Army chief should convey New Delhi that people in Kashmir are firm and determined to follow their sacred freedom struggle despite all odds and won’t succumb to state-sponsored pressure, nor they will leave their goal midway or unaccomplished,” he said.

Rejecting the Army chief’s statement, Geelani said that it is a brazen lie. He said that referendum is the only yardstick that can validate and confirm people’s aspiration about their political destiny and it will clear which way the wind blows.

Meanwhile, Geelani expressed deep grief over the demise of the veteran Jamaat-e-Islami leader Gh Mohammad Khirqa (Char e Shareef). Hailing his contribution for Kashmir freedom movement, Geelani expressed heartfelt condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family of and paid glowing tributes. He also prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul and forbearance to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.

Hurriyat spokesperson also denounced the “continuous night raids” by forces and “arbitrary” arrests of youth in the length and breadth of Kashmir.

“During night raids in Baginder, Mohanpora and Narkerah Budgam, fresh arrests of innocent civilians and putting them in police stations and jails, ransacking houses, breaking doors and window panes, creating a fear in the entire area was a ploy of the ruling class to suppress the sentiments, wishes and aspirations of the people,” the spokesperson said.

“Hurriyat strongly condemns the ruling regime and its police force for their inhuman and vengeful attitude towards the youth and children. These tactics were being used as a political vendetta against our youth,” he said.

Hurriyat also denounced the detention of a 17-year-old student Sajid Ahmad Bangroo in Bagander Mohanpora and said: “he was subjected to physical torture and even his father Mohd Shafi Bangroo was arrested during raids and police authorities are needlessly chasing another son Aadil Ahmad”.

“We in strong words denounce police highhandedness and bullying,” said spokesperson and demanded the immediate release of the trio.

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