Terms Maharaja’s IoA ‘neither valid nor authentic’
SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Monday expressed shock and grief over the report by government forces about the number of militant causalities during current year, saying it is a “big loss and a national tragedy”.
Army and police in a joint press conference on Sunday said that a total of 190 militants have been killed in Kashmir this year. “We have killed around 190 terrorists in Kashmir this year in 2017. Out of this number, 110 terrorists were killed in the hinterland. The rest were killed along the Line of Control (LOC),” General Officer Commanding (GOC) 15 Corps, JS Sandhu said.
“Authorities admit that they are carrying the occupation through their military might,” Geelani in a statement said. “India has waged (a) war on innocent civilians.”
Referring to the “so-called” Instrument of Accession endorsed by the then Maharaja Hari Singh, Geelani termed that as “neither valid nor authentic”.
“As per (the) guidelines laid (under the) Independence and Partition plan, the maharajas and kings had no right to exercise their will regarding the future course, or decide (the) political destiny of their domain(s) or states,” Geelani said. “People had right to decide their destiny and future of their states.”
The Hurriyat chairman said Hari Singh had not authority to annex or instrument an accession with India or any country as “he was fleeing and leaving towards Jammu”. “Therefore, there is no constitutional, legal, political or moral status of this so-called Instrument of Accession,” he said.
“Despite their tall claims and parroting about being a great democratic country, they (New Delhi) are depriving 15 million people from their birth right,” Geelani said. “How Indian authorities can think that the nation that has suffered and presented great sacri-fices will bear the burden of forced occupation.”
The veteran pro-freedom leader suggested New Delhi to allow the people of Jammu Kashmir to exercise their right to self-determination while reminding authorities of the commitment their predecessors have made at the international forums.
“This is the moral responsibility of India to fulfil commitment and allow us to live (a) peaceful life,” the Hurriyat chairman said.
Meanwhile, Geelani paid tribute to “martyrs”, saying youths while laying their precious lives are nourishing a sacred cause with their blood. He appealed people to safeguard the sacrifices and stay away from “those strengthening the forced and illegal occupation”. He also paid glorious tributes to ‘Ali Kadal martyrs’ saying “we are duty-bound to follow their mission”.
Geelani also expressed grief over the devastating fire incident in Anantanag in which several residential houses and shops were gutted. He appealed the affluent class of the society to generously donate to help the victims so that their sufferings are mini-mised to some extent.