SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, on Friday clarified that his pro-freedom conglomerate is not issuing threatening posters against Amarnath pilgrims.
In a statement issued here, Geelani said that news reports have reached them from Sirigufwara, Ashmuqam, Pahalgam and Salar areas of Anantnag districts about youths distributing posters against the pilgrims.
“Some masked people are moving in the Islamabad district on scooters and motorbikes without number plates and are distributing posters and pamphlets against the Amarnath pilgrims in the name of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat. It is the wicked planning of the government and the Indian agencies. We condemn it in strongest words.
“We are not against the pilgrims, tourists, or any other Indian person. But we want that these people should come here and personally witness our freedom struggle, so that they can tell their rulers back in India that they are fighting a lost war in Kashmir,” he said, appealing the pro-freedom people, particularly youths of the areas, to stop “these elements”.
Meanwhile, Geelani condemned government action against ‘Jamia Masjid chalo’, which was scheduled to take place on Friday.
Addressing the media before he was arrested by police to prevent his participation in the proposed march, he, according to the statement, said, “The government, as usual, used its state power to stop us from the Friday congregational prayers-like important religious obligation.
“The hollow democratic claims of India get badly exposed in Kashmir. India, with the help of its forces and the local agents, is trying to suppress every such voice in Kashmir that is representing the true sentiments of the people of the state. They are trying to maintain a graveyard silence in the Valley with the help of barrel of gun.”
He said slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani’s “sincerity” and “honesty” has “infused a new life into the freedom struggle of the Kashmiri nation”.
“Today, we are seeing that every Kashmiri from young to old from men to women and even children are on the roads demanding freedom from the Indian occupation. The entire nation has resolved to continue the mission of martyrs,” he said.
Geelani said the people would continue their struggle against the “atrocities of the India and its forces” and would continue to press for their “legitimate and genuine demand of freedom from India”.
“Neither the economic packages and nor the jobs can make us surrender our freedom struggle,” he said. The veteran leader appealed the people not to allow the forces to arrest anyone. As soon as they come to arrest anybody in the area, the local people should come onto the roads to protest and cry for help, he said.