Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference-led by Syed Ali Geelani said on Thursday that its appeal for monetary donations to run mission “Kashmir freedom struggle” has received overwhelming response.
“We had appealed to people to donate money for running mission Kashmir freedom struggle,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said. “The response of the people is overwhelming. We are receiving good donations and people have been magnanimous.”
The Hurriyat issued this appeal after the National Investigation Agency (NIA) conducted raids on Hurriyat leaders and activists to track “finance for terror activities in Kashmir”. There have also been constant allegations by a section of New Delhi-based media that pro-freedom groups in Kashmir take money from Pakistan to finance unrest in the Valley.
The Hurriyat (G) said that the generous donations from the local people have exposed the NIA and the “propaganda unleashed by certain media channels” that Kashmiris were unable to generate expenses for running the freedom movement.
“The whole idea of the NIA and a section of the media is to defame our movement, for which Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives and what not,” Akbar said. “They are fearful of the Kashmir movement. They know that it is over for them (India).”
He said that pro-freedom groups had advertised the appeals for donation in newspapers and also through social media.
In one such appeal that appeared in the press, the Hurriyat had asked people to donate money for freedom and welfare activities undertaken by them in Kashmir.
“In Jammu Kashmir, the divisive and communal powers like RSS, its political arm BJP, and all other pro-Indian politicians want to mitigate the teachings of Quran and Islam. They are utilising all the resources to that effect,” the advertisement read.
“In this situation, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat has resolved that it will do its utmost to uphold and strengthen Islam, the freedom struggle, and the unity of the millat. The pro-freedom activities since 2004 undertaken by Hurriyat are clear examples of such a mission and how we have served that cause,” the advertisement said.
Akbar said that in the past as well, the Hurriyat has made such appeals and collected over 80 lakh rupees during the month of Ramzan alone.
“We are receiving direct donations. People are approaching us,” Akbar said. “The only handicap we are feeling right now is that our leaders, workers and activists on the ground are in jails. People used to donate the money to them. But we will overcome this hurdle as well.”
Earlier, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani had appealed to people to donate money for running pro-freedom activities.
“The Tehreek-e-Hurriyat is a cadre-based party and its units are working across the state. They need generous help for their day-to-day expenditure,” Geelani had said. He also said that the Hurriyat would help underprivileged and needy people with the help of donations.