One who fights oppression, atrocities is not a terrorist, says Geelani

SRINAGAR: Paying homage to Raqib, Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was killed in an encounter in Pulwama, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, on Monday called for differentiating between terrorists and the people who fight “atrocities and oppression”.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said not drawing a line between the two would be an “extreme kind of injustice”.
“Picking up weapon for the people and picking up weapons against the people are two different issues. The world should definitely differentiate between these two things,” Geelani said.
“India’s forced militarily occupation and the atrocities of its army and SOG is motivating our beloved youths to choose this path (of picking up guns). It is a natural reaction from a person who is not allowed to live a dignified life or is pushed to the wall.”
Paying tributes to slain Pulwama militant Rakib, Geelani said the people’s participation in funeral prayers of “our brave-hearts” was a proof that they were not anti-social
“They have nothing to do with terrorism as India is trying to project. They are people’s heroes fighting for their freedom and dignity,” he said.
Hurriyat (G) chairman said the funeral processions of militants gave a clear message that those who kill innocent people are terrorists and hated by everyone while those who fight atrocities and oppression “are brave-hearts and loved by all”.
Geelani said Kashmiris were neither “war-mongers” nor do they harbour any enmity against the people of India.
“We believe in live and let live ideal and in human values. At the time of partition, when the whole subcontinent was swayed by communal tensions, this region created a history by showing the meaning of brotherhood to the world,” he said.