Srinagar: Syed Ali Geelani did not take up a political career for material gains or for his livelihood, the Hurriyat Conference said in a statement on Sunday, adding that the resistance leadership “never feels shy or is afraid of any accountability in public.”
Police on Sunday prevented Syed Ali Geelani from holding a press conference by not allowing reporters to enter his Hyderpora residence.
In a statement issued to the media after the police blockade, the Hurriyat (G) said that the resistance leadership has decided to take legal action against the National Investigation Agency (NIA) as well as sections of the Indian news media for “character assassination” of its leaders and family members.
For alleged transfer of funds from Pakistan to Kashmir, the NIA has arrested seven top Hurriyat leaders and summons to 30 others have been issued.
The Hurriyat statement said that Geelani had called the press conference to refute the “false and baseless” allegations of NIA and ‘biased’ Indian media.
“The press conference was called to (make) aware the nation and the world about the reality of these allegations, but the police and the state administration prevented the press conference,” the statement said.
“The police and the state administration in a bid to appease their masters in New Delhi sealed off the entire residence-cum-office of Syed Ali Geelani and didn’t allow anybody to enter or to leave the office premises,” it added.
Condemning the police action, the Hurriyat said that “the police and the state administration want to keep the people in the dark and to provide a chance to the Indian biased media for character assassination of the pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir.”
“Indian authorities resorted to character assassination of the pro-freedom leadership and the services of agencies like NIA are being employed to defame (them),” the statement said.
“Biased media is propagating cooked and fabricated stories,” the Hurriyat said. “For the past 70 years the Indian authorities and its biased media have carried out their defamatory campaign against the pro-freedom leadership.”
Denying any “unauthorised, illegal or disproportionate” property being in Geelani’s custody, the Hurriyat (G) said that the daughters of Geelani are married and his two sons, Dr Nayeem Geelani and Naseem Geelani, “have no illegal assets”.
Asserting that the “conspiracies, negative propaganda and fabricated reports about properties” won’t help New Delhi, nor will they “dampen our spirits”, the Hurriyat (G) said, “The reports of properties prepared by NIA are quite fraud”.
“We are considering the details and will come with the actual figures to make people and the world community aware about the misinformation campaign and malicious propaganda of Indian authorities,” the Hurriyat (G) said.