SRINAGAR: Responding to Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi’s speech in which he called Kashmir “mini India”, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, said his description was “completely wrong and meaningless”.
Geelani said Kashmir is an “international dispute” and a “separate entity” the people of which have been “enslaved at the barrel of gun”.
“His slogans of ‘insaaniyat’, ‘jumhooriyat’, and ‘Kashmiriyat’ are just a lip service, as Kashmiris were brutally killed, women sexually assaulted, properties worth billions looted and torched, and thousands of youth were subjected to forced disappearance at the hands of Indian forces. So, the meaning of such slogans carries no weight,” he said in a statement issued here.
Geelani said the voice and rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be “muzzled and suppressed”. The people, he said, would strive to fight for their rights till the issue is resolved in accordance with their aspirations.
The state, Geelani said, has century-old traditions of brotherhood between different religions. Calling Kashmir ‘mini India’ despite that, is “invalid and absurd”, he said.
“Kashmir was never a part of India, and in 1947, (India) captured Kashmir by its military might, without any moral or constitutional authority. The people of Kashmir never accepted Indian sovereignty in the last seven decades,” he said.
Calling Kashmiri ‘mini India’ is “a part of larger strategy to eliminate our unique identity”.
“India is hell-bent upon imposing its culture on Kashmiri people to strengthen its illegal rule. The way government has provided patronage to social evils like alcohol, drugs, and waywardness under the garb of Kashmiriyat is a deep-rooted conspiracy to create identity crisis in the valley,” he said.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed grief over the demise of the mothers of United Jihad Council (UJC) vice-chairman Muhammad Usman and Hurriyat leader Ghulam Mohammad Nagoo.