Authorities disallow Hurriyat seminar


Srinagar: After the authorities disallowed a seminar called by separatist Hurriyat Conference (G), the amalgam condemned the move, terming it ‘undemocratic and worst form of dictatorial rule’.

A statement issued here said that the amalgam was scheduled to organize the seminar titled “Kashmir Problem in the light of Right to Self-determination” where prominent religious scholars, intellectuals and pro-freedom leaders were invited to speak.

However, a large contingent of police deployed on Airport Road here prevented the participants and journalists, besides Hurriyat activists, from entering Geelani’s residence, the venue for the seminar.

“Police disallowed a seminar of the Hurriyat Conference here by blocking all roads leading to the venue, and Syed Ali Geelani who is continuously under house detention,” the statement said, adding that the authorities also put Mirwaiz Umer Farooq and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai under house arrest, while as Mohammad Yasin Malik was arrested and shifted to central jail Srinagar.

Besides other Huriyat leaders including Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Mohammad Yusuf Naqash, Mohammad Yasin Ataie and Syed Imtiyaz Hyder were detained and lodged in different police stations.

Huriyat strongly denouncing curbs on political activities and warned of dire consequences, saying that “Delhi groomed henchmen in state are implementing the RSS agenda.”

Hurriyat condemned the ‘illogical move’ of police to disallow to hold the seminar, saying “it is undemocratic and worst form of dictatorial rule. The government is denying us the right to hold even academic events”.

Geelani said that “India cannot deny the legitimacy and authenticity of UN resolution as these stand witness that political destiny of Jammu and Kashmir is yet to be decided.”

“UN resolutions form basics and guarantee the peaceful and amicable solution of issue as per aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Geelani.

Commenting over the resolution passed on Jan 15, 1949, Hurriyat Chairman said that “even after seven decades these resolutions are a viable and provide a peaceful and durable solution for this vexed and long-standing issue.”

Expressing his dismay over the role of UNO, Pro-freedom leader said that it is painful that this institution failed to implement its resolutions.

“It is unfortunate that it couldn’t contain the arrogant forces like India which is trampling all ethics in Jammu and Kashmir and resulting continuous uncertainty in whole sub-continent,” said Geelani.

Pro-freedom leader said that on January 5, 1949 resolution accepted in UN is a clear binding on both India and Pakistan to fulfill their commitment of resolving Kashmir issue according to the wishes and aspiration of the people through a peaceful referendum.

Geelani said that these resolutions guarantee the right to freedom and other political rights to everyone irrespective of his faith and religion. Geelani said that it is very unfortunate that India is denying our right and suppressing our aspirations with its military might.

Citing the examples and procedures adopted in Croatia, East Timor and South Sudan, Geelani said, “If UN can settle these issues, what is the reason that the longest pending issue is ignored and brushed under carpet.”

Pro-freedom leader said that non-resolution of Kashmir is bone of contention between the two nuclear powers and if UN fails to play its role in solving this grave human issue not only Indo-Pak subcontinent but global peace and stability is under sever threat which may culminate in the world’s biggest human catastrophe.

“People of state, Pakistan and India are the principal parties and viable and lasting solution is impossible without taking into consideration the aspiration of people of Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani added, saying “no solution to the dispute will be legitimate without the participation of the people of Kashmir.”

Meanwhile, Geelani expressed his deep grief over demise of Habibullah Andrabi, father of Prof Khurshid Iqbal Andrabi, Vice Chancellor Kashmir University and Director Agriculture Altaf Aijaz Andrabi and prayed for departed soul.

He extended his condolences with grieved family and prayed for their forbiddance to bear this irreparable loss.

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