SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Tuesday appealed people to stage peaceful protests after the Eid congregational prayers against various government policies.
He said that the Eid is a day of happiness and blessings but the Kashmiri nation had so far “missed the real spirit of this day because of the atrocities and the cruel behavior of the Indian occupational forces”.
The common people have been suffering for the last seven decades, he said.
He said the protest should be held against “the surveillance of Imams, (government) not banning the liquor in Kashmir, not releasing the political prisoners, and harassment of Jammu Muslims”.
Geelani appealed the people to remember the destitute sections of the society on the Eid.
“We should not forget the families, orphans and widows of those people who have sacrificed their precious lives for the better future of their nation. We have to be extremely kind to the families who had miserably suffered during the ongoing freedom struggle of Kashmir,” he said.
Expressing sorrow over the continuous detention of the political prisoners, he said that the PDP-BJP coalition has adopted a “very cruel attitude” and the political prisoners were being continuously kept in “illegal” custody.
About the government’s refusal to ban the liquor in the state, Geelani said, “The alcohol is an ulcer for the society and it is rapidly consuming our younger generation and is snatching their mental as well as physical abilities”.
He also appealed the people to celebrate the Eid with austerity and simplicity and according to the Islamic principles.