SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday termed it “unwise” and “undemocratic” to affix movements related to the right to self-determination with terrorism and stressed the civilised world to resent every form of terrorism. He said people pursuing the right to self-determination are facing “worst type of state-sponsored terrorism”.
Geelani appealed to UN Secretary General and international human rights organisations to take cognisance of “rights violations” in Jammu Kashmir.
“People in state are worst sufferers,” the Hurriyat chairman said in a statement. “(The) unabated killings and brutalities are worst forms of state terrorism.”
Geelani expressed deep grief and concern over the loss of precious lives in Anantnag, Tral and Bijbehara (in south Kashmir) during last few days. “Killing (over) political differences is sad and (a) sheer violation of human and moral values. It should never happen,” he said.
Appealing people to maintain discipline and avoid confusion and disorder, Geelani said during the campaign against braid choppers, it is appropriate that we should not take any step which may provoke state forces for retribution and carry out violent means against the people.
Reiterating the TRC Chalo call on October 14, the Hurriyat chairman appealed people to make the event a “big success” by demonstrating their political power and “send a message to global assemblies while raising high pitched slogans in favour of right to self-determination for which the oppressed people offered immense sacrifices”. The octogenarian resistance leader lashed out at authorities in Tihar jail for their “inhuman behaviour” against those arrested by NIA including Hurriyat leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Nayem Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Aslam Wani, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Javed Ahmed, Nazir Ahmed, (businessman) Zahoor Ahmed and journalist Kamran Yousuf. He warned authorities that if any untoward happens to them, the local “puppet” rulers shall have to face consequences.
Geelani urged human rights organisations and Amnesty International to “look into the serious matter, do everything possible to save the lives of these prisoners”.
“Denying basic facilities like medical treatment, was the worst violation of the basic rights specified for the prisoners. These detained leaders while facing worst character assassination campaign would emerge as victorious and innocents,” the Hurriyat chairman said.