SRINAGAR: Paying tribute to 24 Kashmiri shawl weavers who laid down their lives in 1865 while protesting oppression, the chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Saturday appreciated the people’s commitment to resistance.
In a statement issued here, he said the Kashmiri nation has been facing “the worst kind of oppression” for the last many centuries.
“But this nation has never given up, nor did people lose hope of a better future,” he said.
Geelani said the people of Kashmir never compromised on “tyrannical rule” whether from any foreign ruler or a local dictator.
He said Kashmir is perhaps the only nation in which people were “bought and sold” like cattle.
It, he added, is perhaps the only case in which an individual sold lakhs of human beings along with their families and properties against their will.
“The 100 years of the tyrannical Dogra rule unleashed tremendous atrocities upon the Kashmiri innocent people and the ruler community always sucked people’s blood in the name of duties and taxes,” he said.
Geelani said the great nations never forget their heroes who fight the tyrannical rulers with courage and dedication.
He said some “thoughtless and shortsighted” people criticise these national heroes, but with time, everyone realises their value and importance.