As if we are in zoo, and they are coming to take pictures: Geelani on all-party delegation

Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, said on Thursday that the pro-freedom leadership is not opposed to dialogue with India, but past experience makes it averse to accepting New Delhi’s offers.
“In principle, we were never against talks, as we believe that even after deadly conflicts and destructive wars things are settled through dialogue only. But given the long and deceptive nature of the talks on Kashmir, we have witnessed this exercise going on more than 150 times without yielding any results,” he said in a statement issued here.
Geelani blamed “unrealistic and arrogant” attitude of India for the failure of negotiations held on Kashmir.
“We are fighting for our basic right, for the past seven decades and whenever the struggle gains momentum and threatens the very existence of Indian occupation here, they use these gimmicks to diffuse the momentum,” he said.
“To create confusion and derail the current uprising, conspiracies of sending multiple delegations have crept in, as if we are in a big zoo and these people are coming in groups to see us and take our pictures,” he said.
He maintained: “If India accepts the disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir and starts demilitarisation, setting a platform for the permanent and peaceful resolution of this age-old conflict, we, as the representatives of this oppressed nation, will welcome any and every move forward in this regard.”
However, he said, the pro-freedom leaders cannot “demonise the sanctity of this grave issue” by participating in a “photo session or for a cup of tea”.
Addressing New Delhi, he said, “Those offering laptops and talking of moons and stars for us should concentrate and work for uplifting the own downtrodden people as we don’t need any such help from them.”
“In case you really have a human heart which is devoid of any prejudice and hatred, you should allow us to decide our future and earn name and fame in human history.
“Otherwise, you continue to kill, threaten, molest, rape, harass, maim and destroy us. We will bear it all and we believe that you will not only be tired but ashamed of your own deeds,” he said.
Geelani also condemned the police raid on the Jam’aat headquarters at Batamaloo and the arrest of its functionaries. He termed it as an undemocratic, uncivilised, and immoral action by the local administration at the behest of Delhi.

6 Responses to "As if we are in zoo, and they are coming to take pictures: Geelani on all-party delegation"

  1. Ahmer   September 2, 2016 at 1:21 am

    Geelani Sahab, No country permits any part of it to separate, let alone join another country. US had fought a major war to keep the South from separating. These sacrifices are in vain.

  2. Ghulam Nabi Malik   September 2, 2016 at 10:55 am

    Reply to Ahmer North America at that time had different situation, when freedom wars were fought against British Empire. Kashmir case is very different, it is disputed since 1947 and Dr. Karen Singh had accepted it that Kashmir is not integral part of India. It is not territorial dispute between India and Pakistan, it is entirely humanitarian case. India and Pakistan are occupiers, should leave Kashmir as per UNCIP resolution of 5th January 1949, still in UN’s agenda.

  3. Pramod   September 2, 2016 at 5:09 pm

    Join mainstream for development. There is no point in fighting. Situation of everyone in Pakistan is very tragic. you will get all freedom in India only.

  4. Clam   September 2, 2016 at 5:14 pm

    Mr. Geelani please do equate yourself to that of a zoo animal. The animal is loyal and does not bite the hand that feeds it

  5. Renuka   September 2, 2016 at 5:32 pm

    So you should leave these futile ‘sacrifices’ and work towards the betterment of your community who is downtrodden.

  6. Faheem   September 2, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    Mr.Ahmer, Who is talking of separating any part of India and joining it with another country?


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