Indian policy makers trying to project movement as communal: Geelani

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday accused Indian policy makers of trying to project the freedom struggle of Kashmiris as “communal”.
“The policy makers of India, under a well thought out plan, are working to divert the attention of Kashmiri people from their freedom struggle and to project it as communal,” Geelani said in a statement.
“Sometimes they make the issue of cow slaughtering, sometimes they allow Qadiyanis to hold conferences here and sometimes they raise other issues so that the people will fight with each other, which will overshadow the atrocities and human rights violations committed by the Indian forces in Kashmir,” he said.
The pro-freedom leader said that the leadership and the nation have to act with extra maturity and farsightedness in this regard.
“Instead of fighting the war on the choice of the enemy and reactionary politics, we have to generate our own capabilities to counter the opponent. We have to formulate such a strategy which will help us to further highlight the oppression and cruelty of the Indian imperialism and we have to divert the attention of the whole world towards the Kashmir issue,” he said.
He said that we are demanding right to self determination for the entire population of Jammu & Kashmir whether they are Muslims, Hindus, Sikhs or any other community. “They are all our brothers and the differences between the people of Kashmir will always benefit India, not us,” he said.
Commenting over the debate on article 35-A, Geelani said that “New Delhi is hell-bent upon harming the disputed nature and special status of the Jammu & Kashmir and for this purpose, they have formulated a plan for changing the demography of the state”.
“The issue of giving state subject status to the West Pakistan Refugees, creation of Sainik Colonies and settling of non-state subjects in Jammu & Kashmir are all linked to this plan,” he said.
He, however, said that they would not allow this thing to happen in any way. “If any such attempt was made on the ground, the people will come on the roads and will start a strong agitation in this regard,” he said.
Geelani also condemned the police restrictions on the Hurriyat Conference and said that the restrictions over the political activities of the pro-freedom people “have been further tightened”.
“It is practically a martial law in the state which the Mufti Sayeed and BJP coalition government has adopted,” he said.
While referring to the “battle of Ideas” slogan of the Mufti Sayeed, Geelani claimed that India and its agents can’t face us on the political turf.
“They are taking the help of the army and police to suppress our peaceful and genuine voices and this policy is badly affecting the situations in the state. It will further increase the political uncertainty and instability and alienation among the new generation of Kashmir,” he said.