SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday thanked people of Kashmir for observing a complete shutdown on eve of January 26 saying India has no moral right to celebrate its republic day as they are trampling the basic rights of people for the past seven decades in Jammu and Kashmir.
Referring to state governor NN Vohra’s address, Geelani said it depicted the age-old obstinate and egoistic attitude (of the rulers). “It is better for them to understand the message carried and conveyed by people’s uprising in year 2016. It is futile to cover facts,” Geelani said in a statement and referred to last year’s uprising as “referendum by people.”
“Instead of taking note of the aspirations of people, the rulers resorted to brute force and with its military might are desperate to silence the genuine voices,” Geelani said.
Responding to Governor’s criticism of hartal politics, Geelani said that the people in Kashmir resent and express their feelings through peaceful means. “We are not craving for shutdown calls or protesting on streets. It is natural discourse and we will continue our fight and show our resentment till the last solider leaves our state,” he said.
He said the Governor’s address was nothing but jugglery of words. “It is their routine exercise, yet carry’s nothing except arrogance,” Geelani said referring to what he called India’s inflexible stance.
Meanwhile, paying glowing tributes to martyrs of Kupwara massacres on their 23rd anniversary Geelani said the nation will never forget the martyrs of these heart-wrenching massacres. They are our hero’s and we are committed to fulfill their mission. He demanded impartial investigation into these massacres so that the involved persons are held strictly accountable and said that armed forces are involved in serious war crimes and unless those accused are brought to book these gruesome events will continue to occur.