SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said the non-local students of NIT Srinagar who harassed Kashmiri students “should be treated nicely as they are our guests” while asking these students to “understand the sensitive situation in Kashmir”.
“The non-local students are our guests and they shouldn’t feel any kind of inconvenience on our part. Their education shouldn’t be affected at any cost,” Geelani said while addressing the media at his Hyderpora residence after returning from his two-month stay in New Delhi. He had left for the Indian capital for a medical check-up on February 6 this year and returned on Wednesday afternoon (April 6) with supporters welcoming him with pro-Geelani and pro-Pakistan slogans.
On his arrival, Hurriyat (G) activists chanted slogans like ‘Aaya aaya Sher Aaya’, ‘Hum Pakistani Hai Pakistan Hamara Hai’, ‘Pakistan Zindabad’. They also broke the police cordon at the entrance to the lane near Geelani’s residence, paving the way for people to enter the conglomerate’s office where the veteran leader addressed a press conference.
“The non-local students must understand that Kashmir is not any Indian state like UP or Bihar but a disputed one. The people here are in revolt against the Indian forcible military occupation,” he said. He criticised both the Indian as well as state administration over their “failure” to provide security to Kashmiri students studying in the Valley as well as various Indian states. “This harassment of our children is part of a deep-rooted conspiracy of the RSS-BJP regime,” he said.
“There is a sense of insecurity among Kashmiri students studying in Indian colleges and universities since many incidents of harassment unfolded in the recent past. On the contrary, it is part of Kashmiri culture and civilisation that they don’t harm Indian students studying in the Valley,” he said.
Geelani said the RSS-sponsored BJP government in India “is bent on launching cultural aggression upon us” which “we need to combat with a united face”.
“The threat to Muslims by Shiv Sena and RSS from Mumbai was a common thing but now such intimidations are issued from Srinagar. Time has come for people of all religions and regions of Jammu and Kashmir to unite against the Indian illegal occupation and RSS which is bent on imposing its agenda here,” he said.
Hailing people of Kashmir for not expressing any enthusiasm over Mehbooba Mufti’s becoming CM of Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani termed it “encouraging for our freedom struggle.”
“Lakhs of people participate in funeral prayers of our mujahedeen, and see, not a single firecracker was burnt over Mehbooba Mufti’s becoming chief minister (sic). This is indeed encouraging for our movement,” he said.
The Hurriyat (G) Chairman also said National Conference founder Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah was “responsible for all the mess and bloodshed in subcontinent”.