Hartals compulsion, not hobby: Geelani

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, Thursday reiterated his call for complete shutdown on February 28 and peaceful demonstration after Friday prayers “against the mysterious killings of seven youths in Kupwara by Indian army, use of brutal force on common people who were demanding the dead bodies of the slain youths and to press for the demand for an independent investigation into the incident.”
In a statement, Geelani said, “Until the world community will not come forward to play their role in Jammu and Kashmir, the unabated massacres of common people and mysterious killing will continue.”
“The strike calls are not given out of any pleasure or any hobby,” Geelani said, adding “we have no other option except to protest when people are sliced like vegetables and then not allowed to even mourn on the dead bodies.”
Geelani said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir were fighting for their “libration from Indian occupation and youth are spilling their hot blood to nourish this freedom movement.”
“We as a nation are duty bound not to forget these sacrifices and continue over struggle at any cost till the goal of freedom is achieved,” Geelani said.
“The strike programs are part and parcel of resistance movement and the people who get disturbed by these programs are actually the real enemies of national cause who support the forcible occupation of India merely for the power,” Geelani added.