SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Sunday said authorities are “exasperated” and have “plotted” to tarnish the stature of its chairman Syed Ali Geelani and his colleagues. It termed the notice issued by Enforcement Directorate (ED) as unjustified and politically motivated.
A spokesperson of the conglomerate in a statement said the move is an attempt to pressurise and intimidate Geelani and the resistance leadership. The ED had served a notice to Syed Ali Geelani and others in a fifteen-year-old case.
“It is pressure tactics aimed to deter the pro-freedom people from advocating their just cause. No foreign exchange was recovered from Geelani’s house in the raid of 2002,” he said.
Refuting the charges levelled by agencies, the spokesperson said that counsel for Geelani in person has filed the rejoinder.
The spokesperson said Delhi tried all its moves to cow down Geelani’s resolve and these “state-sponsored tactics won’t deter us from pursuing our mission nor will these coercions, suppressive and aggressive measures make us to surrender”.
He said though much hype was given to these raids, nothing “incriminating” was recovered. “Despite fifteen long years, nothing substantial was proved. No foreign currency or objectionable material was recovered from the residence of Geelani or his relatives.”
Terming the raids as “vengeful act”, the spokesperson added it was “unjustified, immoral and illogical”. “Even now, the NIA has started a malicious campaign against Syed Ali Geelani and his colleagues and these agencies are trying to disturb and harass him on one pretext or the other.”
He said these agencies won’t be able to prove their allegations even in future and that the move won’t deter pro-freedom people from advocating the just cause of Kashmir issue.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani has expressed “deep grief” over the demise of wife of Sami Ullah Malik, who passed away after a protracted illness. Geelani in his condolence message to the bereaved family said, “In this hour of grief, we stand with the grieved family and pray for eternal peace to the departed soul.”