SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Monday termed the imposition of restrictions on ‘Islamabad chalo’ as “undemocratic, illegal, and moral”.
Speaking to media persons before his arrest, Geelani said that the Kashmiri nation, particularly the Kashmiri youths, have resolved that their “first and prime priority will be the mission of freedom from Indian occupation and no other need or necessity will come to our way”.
“Our nation will not surrender before the Indian atrocities and one day they will have to accept our demand for right to self determination,” he said.
He paid tributes to “all the martyrs of Kashmir”, stating that they would continue to “pursue the sacred cause of these martyrs” till the “dawn of freedom” is witnessed.
“Hardships and sufferings are the essential and unavoidable part of the struggle and we should face these difficulties with utter patience and courage,” he said.
Lashing out at the police and the state administration for “disturbing the situations by using excessive and unnecessary force” against the common people and the pro-freedom leadership, Hurriyat (G) chairman said: “Our programmes are always 100 per cent peaceful and disciplined, but the police and the other Indian forces deliberately create trouble and then blame the pro-freedom people for that.”
Citing the example of the mass public gatherings of 2008, Geelani said that the police had as a neutral agency and didn’t use force against the people, resulting in peaceful mega public rallies.
“The police is today deliberately inciting trouble by using brutal and unnecessary force against the peaceful protest demonstrations, which results in the bloodshed of the Kashmiri youths,” he said.
He also appealed to the government employees “to cooperate in the freedom struggle of their nation” and don’t play into the hands of the pro-Indian politicians.