Slams ‘biased’ Indian media for spreading ‘misinformation’
SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday denounced the “misinformation campaign” carried out by “biased” Indian media that there is a terror threat to the Amarnath yatra.
“This is a calculated move aimed at maligning and discrediting the political struggle of Kashmir,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
He said people in Kashmir while continuing with the age-old tradition of providing best hospitality to pilgrims have always been friendly and generous to visitors, particularly with Amarnath Yatris.
He said Amarnath yatra is being conducted since decades and the people here have treated these pilgrims with unique hospitality and received them as their guests.
Referring to “adverse propaganda” launched by Indian media that yatris are facing threat from people of the state, Geelani termed it “a brazen lie aimed at malign(ing) the freedom movement”.
“Kashmiris are not against any religion or its followers; however, they are pursuing a legitimate struggle for their fundamental rights. People since last seven decades are demanding (the) right to self-determination to decide the political destiny of (the) state,” he said.
He called on people to make the Amarnath Yatris aware of the reality of the freedom struggle of Jammu Kashmir while continuing with the age-old tradition of providing best hospitality to pilgrims.
Geelani said even during uprisings of 2008, 2010 and 2016, the people of Kashmir despite restrictions and curfew received these yatris with open arms and provided them shelter and food.
“It is our age-old tradition,” Geelani said, adding, “In future, we will follow this tradition with same spirit.”
Ruling out any threat to yatris, the Hurriyat chairman urged the pilgrims to “consider the sufferings the people of Kashmir are facing and present the real picture of our struggle before Indian people (besides) making them aware of the historical background of this dispute”.
Geelani said Kashmir is a political issue and stressed upon yatirs to “feel the pain and see the issue through the prism of humanity”. “The issue has nothing to do with extremism or fanaticism,” he said.