Condemns foiling of DFP presser; Hurriyat protests at Hyderpora
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Friday welcomed the US’s statement that India and Pakistan should engage in direct dialogue to reduce bilateral tensions and resolve issues, including Kashmir.
“American stand on Kashmir is a welcome move to reduce the nuclear threat in the subcontinent,” Geelani said in a statement. “America (and) the civilised members of the UNO should respect their commitments and the UN charter with respect to right to self-determination for all the disputed territories irrespective of colour, cast or creed.”
Geelani expressed hope that the US and other western powers shall keep their pledge to support the implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir and build a moral, political, and diplomatic pressure on India to pave way for a permanent solution of the Kashmir dispute and stop “gross human rights violations” in the State.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Chairman expressed grave concern over the “escalation of police atrocities” against the pro-freedom political leaders, activists and people.
“The police administration should desist from becoming part and parcel of the barbaric acts against their own people like killings, beating and harassing as done by Indian occupation forces,” he said.
Geelani also condemned police action and alleged cane-charging at a scheduled indoor press conference organised by the Democratic Freedom Party to give details about the “inhuman treatment” meted out to senior resistance leader Shabir Ahmad Shah.
He condemned alleged police action against Batamaloo residents, traders and transporters who were protesting against the shifting of transport yard. He also condemned “police atrocities” against protesting students at Tral, Pulwama and warned administration “not to make the educational institutions their political hub by organising immoral and shameful programmes in the name of sports and culture”.
“The so-called administration is hell bent to spoil the peaceful atmosphere in the educational institutions by frequent police actions against the student fraternity,” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference organised a peaceful protest march at Hyderpora Chowk against the “custodial killing of Shahid Bashir of Handwara, nefarious designs of India to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir and the barbaric attitude of NIA (against) Hurriyat leaders in Tihar Jail, (repeated summoning) of two sons of Syed Ali Geelani by NIA”. The protest was led by senior Hurriyat leaders Bashir Ahmad Qureshi and Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi.
Geelani also expressed deep condolences with Syed Mohammad Shafi Shah of Srinagar on the demise of his spouse. Geelani said he shares grief and sorrow with Shah family with whom he had close relations. He prayed for the eternal peace to the departed soul and forbearance to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss.