Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Monday said that by pro-India parties in Kashmir had “tricked” people into voting during the recently-held Assembly elections.
Geelani was addressing a seminar organized by the amalgam to commemorate the UN Security Council’s resolution of January 5, 1949, acknowledging the right to self determination of Kashmiris.
“They sought votes to keep BJP at bay and tricked people into voting,” Geelani said.
“Was it something new? Seven lac troops are already stationed here. Yes, they(BJP) want to abrogate Article 370 and settle non- state subjects here. But what’s the significance of these laws anyway when we are fighting against the Indian occupation?” asked Geelani.
“Mufti was the CM during PDP-Congress coalition when a mother and daughter were raped by armed forces in Badrapaeen Handwara. But he didn’t resign. Likewise Omar Abdullah refused to accept Shopian double rape and murder case. But people still voted for them. At Bandipore, people voted for former counterinsurgent- turned- Congress candidate. Similarly, people voted for communist party member and atheist M Y Tarigami. People must change themselves and follow Islamic teachings,” he added.
In an apparent reference to PDP, Geelani said that to hoodwink people some pro-India parties even invoked former Indian Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s promise of resolving the Kashmir issue within the ambit of humanity.
“They are asking Modi to follow Vajpayee’s so-called path of humanity? Did he (Vajpayee) resolve the Kashmir issue on the basis of humanity or recall the seven lakh Indian troops from here?” he said.
Geelani said NC, Congress, PDP, Peoples Conference and other pro-India parties were the biggest hurdle in the “freedom of Kashmiris.”
“Unfortunately, people support them and attend their rallies,” he said.
“People have to understand that by participating in elections they are lending a helping hand to the biggest enemies of Kashmiris’ freedom movement,” he added.
Geelani said that some people were blaming the disunity among pro-freedom leaders for the lack of progress in the freedom movement. “ But this was not the case during the elections? Shabir Shah, Yasin Malik and Geelani called for boycott of elections. But how did people respond to this call?” he said, referring to the high voter turnout in the polls.
“Unless, you don’t change, we won’t get freedom from slavery. Unless we reject pro-Indian parties, we won’t get anything,” he said.
Geelani said the Indian public voted Narendra Modi into power despite the “fact that he presided over the massacre of Muslims as the chief minister of Gujarat in 2002.”
“Now the RSS wants to eliminate Muslims through programmes like ‘Ghar Wapsi’ and ‘Bahu Lao, Beti Bachao.’
“And Modi hasn’t reacted to it because he believes in such ideology. He wants to project this ideology under the garb of development,” he said.
Earlier, Democratic Freedom Party chief Shabir Ahmad Shah said Jammu and Kashmir had never been a part of India. “Let people decide. It will be acceptable to everyone. India turned Kashmir into a colony and held elections under the supervision of seven lakh troops and caged pro-freedom leadership. They accepted defeat,” said Shah, who heads a faction of the Hurriyat Conference.
Prof Sheikh Showkat Hussain said the people are the decision makers as was seen in Scotland or Quebec, where referendum was held irrespective of resolutions.