‘Right to self-determination for people of every faith’
SRINAGAR: Denouncing government policy of “divide and rule”, Chairman Hurriyat Conference Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday asked it to stop and desist from “nourishing communal sentiments” among different sects in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Interference and meddling in religious substances is a serious matter,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
Strongly denouncing the lockdown of Jamia Masjid Srinagar, Geelani said, “Such type of wrongdoings is in no way justified. It is a grave injustice with Muslim community. Such uncalled (for) actions are creating (a) sense of insecurity and offending people.”
The Hurriyat chairman appealed both Buddhist and Muslim communities to maintain age-old mutual brotherhood and harmony and sort out their minor differences.
He cautioned people against the “sinister designs propounded by people in power corridors” and stressed upon strengthening the mutual ties and relations between different communities living in the State.
Terming the prevailing situation in Jammu Kashmir as “horrendous”, Geelani said the “imperialistic and tyrannical forces” for their political gains always exploit situations and instigate and promote infighting among different ethnic sections in society.
Geelani asked people to join the right to self-determination movement irrespective of faith and religion so that long pending Kashmir is resolved.
“Not only Muslims, but everyone living in the state has right to vote and express his will and wish about the political destiny of the state,” Geelani said, adding that people’s right to self-determination is genuine as envisaged in the United Nations Security Council resolutions.