SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday strongly criticised the former chief minister Omar Abdullah for his statement against conglomerate chairman Syed Ali Geelani, saying people particularly youth are fully aware about the “treacherous role” played by NC leadership.
“National Conference (NC) since its inception has been playing deceit and people are fully aware about their role,” Hurriyat said in a statement, adding that the life and contribution of Geelani is an “open book”.
Hurriyat asked all pro-Indian parties and their leadership to “study entire record of state assembly and see that Geelani has never accepted the state as an integral part of India”.
Describing the role played by the Muslim United Front (MUF) and its participation in 1987 elections (in which Geelani had also participated), Hurriyat said the Front “in a civilised and democratic way of achieving freedom” participated in those elections. “However through mass rigging, Indian authorities denied this democratic right and with the full support and blessings of New Delhi, NC grabbed power, particularly for their folly and bullying.”
“Freedom movements are sacred mission(s) for legends and brave-hearts, hence face hardships and suffer almost all their life, while as parties like PDP and NC follow power politics.”
Hurriyat asked Omar Abdullah to explain about that “freedom mission” his grandfather (Sheikh Abdullah) followed and “when did Geelani begged for a berth in power corridors?”
“The two characters evidently differentiate the role played by Sheikh Abdullah and Syed Ali Geelani, as even on the floor of (state) assembly, Geelani (has) always acknowledged Kashmir as a disputed territory,” Hurriyat said. “Geelani dedicated his entire life for the sacred cause of nation’s freedom. Even at ninety, (he) is pursuing this mission with full dedication while as Sheikh Abdullah played with the sentiments of his nation to secure material gains for his dynasty.”
Hurriyat asked pro-Indian politicians to shun their “fraudulent and deceitful politics”, saying that people in J&K while pursuing their “rightful cause” have presented unprecedented sacrifices and are fully aware about all the “stooges helping (the) forced occupation”.
“Six lakh people were massacred and properties worth billions destroyed,” the amalgam said. “These sacrifices were not offered to support any particular party or dynasty.”
Hurriyat while saluting people for their “commitment and steadfastness” asked them to boycott all upcoming elections and reject “all these stooges and their deceitful and treacherous politics”.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani paid tributes to slain militants Tyeb Majeed and Ashiq Hussain, saying that youth are laying their precious lives for a “sacred cause”.
Geelani also expressed his deep grief over the demise of father of journalist Shabir Ibn Yusuf and while extending his condolence prayed for the departed soul and forbearance to the grieved family to bear the irreparable loss.