‘Dev projects pranks and false dreams’
SRINAGAR: Reacting over the meeting held between home minister Rajnath Singh and chief minister Mehbooba Mufti here, Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said it is “meaningless” to talk about developments as all these projects are “just prank and false dreams”.
“People are being mercilessly killed, maimed, blinded, women molested, properties vandalized. There is no guarantee of life and dignity and every soul is at stake,” Geelani said in a statement. “We have a bitter experience and we are witness to the fact that Indian authorities exploited our resources and state authorities bargained these power projects for their mean interests.”
He thanked people for observing complete shutdown against the visit of Rajnath Singh and NIA raids, saying the “overwhelming support of people for right to self-determination has frustrated new Delhi”.
The Hurriyat chairman added, “They can’t befool pro-freedom people. Indian authorities on one hand are parroting about so-called development and on the other (side) follow their sinister designs of changing and altering the Muslim majority character of state (which is aimed at amending) and doing away with the Article 370 and Article 35A.”
Referring to the “sound and strong economy” of J&K, Geelani said, “Soon after freedom from Indian occupation, we will feel pleasure to facilitate financial assistance to Indian people on humanitarian grounds.”
He appealed people “not to get swayed by hollow slogans” of state authorities and urged them to “follow mission of freedom” with steadfastness, persistence and commitment.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat chairman paid glorious tributes to youth killed in Shopian and Sopore gunfight, saying, “We are (pursuing) the mission of Shahid Ahmad and all other martyrs who laid their lives for a sacred cause.”
In his condolence message to grieved families, Geelani prayed for the heavenly abode of the slain militants.