Freedom movement and terrorism poles apart, says Geelani

SRINAGAR: Terming the “state sponsored terrorism” as most dangerous, Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Monday said “mere rhetoric” about “self-made” definition of terrorism can’t put end to this menace.
In a statement, Geelani while reacting to the statement of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in his monthly radio programme Mann ki Baat that ‘terrorism must be fought unitedly’, Geelani said, “We need to realise all aspects (of) terrorism and those promoting this.”
“All forms of terrorism are dangerous, however terrorism promoted, abetted and sponsored by state is very disastrous as all the basic institutions, viz administration, judiciary, armed militia and state resources are utilised to crush genuine aspirations of people,” Geelani said.
Terming Modi’s remarks as “fraud and deceit”, the Hurriyat chairman said, “It is Indian authorities (who) forcibly occupied (J&K) against the wishes of people and rest and rule over dead bodies.”
“Six lakh innocents were brutally massacred since 1947, seven thousand women molested, ten thousand youths disappeared during their custody and properties worth billions destroyed and ransacked,” he added.
Geelani said Indian authorities while “beating the drums of peace”, ignore the historical facts of Kashmir issue. He blamed Indian forces for anarchy and disturbance in Jammu Kashmir.
“There is no match between freedom movement and terrorism. Both are poles apart and quite different, and unless the Kashmir issue is resolved in its historical perspective, the rhetoric about terrorism and peace is meaningless,” Geelani said.
“Their statements and narratives can’t impress us,” the pro-freedom leader said. “All Delhi-based leaders were rhetoric about this illusion that Kashmir is an integral part of India, however it could not change the history or ground realities about status of Kashmir issue.”
“India through its military might has forcibly occupied (J&K), hence their leaders including Narendra Modi have no right to define terrorism or suggest measures to eradicate and halt this menace as they sponsor this menace on state level,” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Geelani has expressed deep grief over the demise of former judge, Justice Malik Sharief ud Din (Sopore).
In a statement, Geelani while paying tributes to late Justice Sharief ud Din said he enjoyed good terms with him. Recalling his maternal uncle Ghulam Rasool Mir, Geelani said that late Mir was a prominent member of Jama’at-e-Islami and on many occasions, he facilitated our meetings.
Expressing condolence on the demise, Geelani prayed for eternal solace to the departed soul and forbearance to the grieved family to bear the irreparable loss.