Hurriyat Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, on Sunday said the terror threat to the upcoming Amarnath yatra is “a calculated move aimed at maligning and discrediting the political struggle of Kashmir”.
Denouncing misinformation campaign carried by Indian media, Geelani said that people in Kashmir while continuing with the age-old tradition of providing best hospitality to pilgrims have always been friendly and generous to visitors and particularly with Amarnath yatris.
Geelani said that Amarnath yatra is being conducted for decades and the people here have treated these yatris with unique hospitality and people have always been hospitable, decent and received them as their guests.
Referring to adverse propaganda launched by Indian media wherein they are propagating that Amarnath Yatris are facing threat from people of state, Syed Ali Geelani said terror threat to the upcoming Amarnath yatra is a brazen lie and aimed at to malign freedom movement.
Geelani said 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 right to self-determination to decide the political destiny of state and India and international community are signatory to these resolutions,’’ said Geelani.
“Fanatical forces in India are desperate to give bad name to freedom movement and as such are relying on negative propaganda and following their fanatical dogma,’’ he added.
Blaming these sectarian forces for playing folly, Syed Ali Geelani
said that It is a deceit and a well-planned ploy to carry their mysterious agenda against people in state.
Strongly ridiculing Indian media, Geelani said that India is trying to mislead its people and international community by negative and baseless propaganda. Geelani stressed on people to make aware the Amarnath Yatris about the reality of the freedom struggle of Jammu Kashmir while continuing with the age-old tradition of providing best hospitality to pilgrims.
“Indian agencies, Saffron brigade and its biased media are providing misinformation, round the clock about, so-called threat, situations in Kashmir and our freedom struggle,’’ said Geelani,
Now they have launched a misinformation campaign saying that people in state have ill intentions against pilgrimage and Yatris, added Geelani.
Geelani while referring to peoples uprising in 2008.2010 and 2016, said that even in those gloomy circumstances, “ people despite restrictions and curfew received these Yatris with open arms and provided shelter and food.’’
“It is our age-old tradition and in future we will fallow this tradition with same spirit and receive these Yatries as our revered guests,’’he said.
Lamenting at India media, Geelani said that they are working as “his masters voice’ ’for Saffron brigade and their fanatical sponsors.
Geelani stated that these fanatical forces are relying on lame excuse and preparing ground for communal tension against Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir and as such are rhetoric about so-called threat warnings against Amarnath Yatris.
Geelani in his statement while addressing the Yatris said that there is no threat to their life and asked to consider the sufferings, the people of Kashmir are facing and urged to present the real picture ofour struggle before Indians people & aware them of the historical background of this dispute.
It is your duty, Geelani said, while addressing to Yatries, it will
serve a purpose and people in state will be obliged for this kind of
support added he.
Geelani said that Kashmir is a political issue and stressed visitors
to feel the pain and see the issue through the prism of humanity and added that issue has nothing to do with extremism or fanaticism.