SRINAGAR: Accusing pro-India parties in Kashmir of playing a “dubious role” in the people’s agitation against attempts to abrogate Article 35A of the Indian Constitution, Hurriyat (G) chairperson Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said that these very political parties were “responsible” for the grim situation in the state.
“Their hue and cry was just a mockery to retain and grab power,” the octogenarian Hurriyat Conference chief said.
He blamed pro-Indian parties for “exploiting” sentiments of innocent people. “For the past seven decades,” said Geelani, “the subjugated people are suffering because of hypocritical behaviour of double dealers.”
Cautioning people about “their deceit”, the pro-freedom leader appealed to common people “not to fall in line of these political hypocrites and be steadfast and serious about the sacred freedom movement for which whole the nation has offered innumerable sacrifices”.
Denouncing the National Investigative Agency (NIA) and the “puppet” regime in the state that is supporting it, Geelani said that the pro-freedom leadership including Shabir Ahmed Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Pir Saifullah, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayem Ahmed Khan, Noor Muhammad Kalwal, Advocate Miyan Abdul Qayoom, Zameer Ahmad Sheikh, Kamran Yousuf, Sajjad Ahmed, Aga Syed Hassan and Ghulam Nabi Sumji were either “unlawfully detained” in Tihar jail or had been summoned by NIA and their residences raided to scare and harass them.
Hailing the “meritorious services and sacrifices” rendered by Dukhtaran-i-Millat chief Aasiya Andrabi and her personal secretary Sofi Fahmeeda, Geelani said, “We salute them for their steadfastness, persistence and commitment.”
“India’s judiciary has failed to bring justice to these brave ladies who have repeatedly been bailed out by courts,” added Geelani.
Geelani paid tributes to those lodged in jails and other detention centres, and appealed to the ICRC, Amnesty International, and international organisations for human rights to use their influence for the immediate release of all detainees.
Meanwhile, a statement of Hurriyat Conference said that on the directions of Geelani, a delegation led by Mohammad Yasin Attai and including senior leaders Bashir Irfani, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Imtiyaz Shah, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder and spokesperson Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar visited the bereaved family of executive member Mohammad Yusuf Nadeem and expressed their solidarity and condolences.