SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani has accused the government of kidnapping Hurriyat leaders and lodging them at unknown destination in New Delhi. He termed it a “sheer political vendetta”.
In a statement issued here, Geelani expressed deep concern over the “kidnapping” of ailing Hurriyat leader Peer Saif Ullah and deteriorating (health) condition of Shahid-ul-Islam, saying authorities are reluctant to disclose their whereabouts.
He said state authorities and would be responsible if any untoward happens with these leaders. “Saif Ullah is suffering from brain tumour and has undergone surgery. He was under continuous medical supervision and kidnapping by NIA can prove fatal for his health.”
Geelani said the state administration wants to gain favours for these “arbitrary actions from their masters in New Delhi” and is creating a sense of scare. “However, we will fight them tooth and nail. They won’t cow down our passion. People won’t deter from their mission and will pursue their fight for freedom with persistence,” he said.
The Hurriyat chairman said Indian authorities under a well-thought-out plan hatched conspiracies but “we are neither afraid nor will we give up our mission”.
He said NIA is being used as a war weapon against pro-freedom leadership and “local henchmen” are facilitating these “arbitrary” measures. “Their main aim is to gag genuine voices so as to realise their dream for Hindu Rashtra and bring changes in (the) demographic status of (the) state.”
Commenting over the notices issued to 37 more persons by NIA, Geelani said “it won’t dampen our resolve nor it will cow down our passion and spirit”.
“Kashmir issue is clear and unambiguous and the international community stands witness to the fact. International community should take serious notice of deteriorating situation in Kashmir and fulfill its responsibility,” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Geelani said the “haughty approach and wrong policies” of India have created mayhem and are continuously instigating bloodshed in the territory.
Paying glowing tributes to slain militants Abu Dujana, Arif Lelhari and a civilian Firdous Ahmad, the Hurriyat chairman said, “Ours is a rightful struggle and we have no intention to snatch any part of India. We have a definite goal and our struggle is disciplined and not pointless. We’re duty bound to carry this mission to its logical end.”
He said youth are being assassinated and attempts are being made to malign the freedom struggle.
A high-level delegation of Hurriyat comprising Omer Adil Dar, Mudasir Nadvi and others participated in funeral prayers of slain militants and visited the bereaved families.