Will fight till right to self-determination granted: Geelani

‘Worst arrogance of power displayed in JK’

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday slammed the state administration for caging people and leadership, saying that public rally supposed to be held at Lal Chowk, Islamabad (Anantnag) was organised “to send a message to occupational forces that despite all state sponsored force, they can’t face leadership and people on political turf”.
“Their tall claims about freedom of expression stand exposed as they didn’t dare to face pro-freedom leadership and resorted to vandalism, arresting leadership, imposing restrictions and bullying,” Geelani said in a statement.
Terming the government’s actions as “hooliganism and worst kind of state terrorism”, Geelani said that “war-like” situation, curfew and detention of hundreds of pro-freedom leaders, activists and youths to foil peaceful public rally was “acceptance of defeat by the rulers and their local agents”.
The Hurriyat chairman said the proposed public rally was a peaceful program and a “referendum” to send a message to the international community that “the basic problem in Kashmir is the illegal and forced military occupation of India”.
“It is this military power which India is using to suppress the peaceful and genuine voices of Kashmiri people but the government used its state power and military might and converted the entire Kashmir valley into a battle field,” Geelani said.
He ridiculed authorities for turning the entire Anantnag town and Srinagar into a “battlefield” and said even masajids were locked and people were barred from offering congregational prayers. “The blockades, razor wires and impediments were put into force to thwart the proposed rally, however it simply exposed their tall claims about transparency and their rhetoric regarding democracy (has been) deflated,” he said. “The government’s curbs on movement of people fully exposed the democratic claims of India and authenticated that they lost this battle even before it could have started.”
“This is the worst arrogance of power which India and its stooges are displaying in Jammu and Kashmir,” the resistance leader said. “Till the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not given their right to self-determination which has been promised to them by the Indian leadership and the world community, we will pursue our cherished mission,” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference leaders including Ghulam Nabi Sumji, Hakim Abdul Rashid and Mohammad Yousuf Naqash visited Magarmal Bagh and expressed condolence with senior journalist Zahir ud Din, whose mother passed away, and prayed for the departed soul.