SRINAGAR: Slamming the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her statement, Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said Kashmir is neither a law and order problem nor can it be resolved through military might.
Referring to CM’s statement, Geelani in a statement said the dispute related to Jammu and Kashmir is a longstanding issue at international forums and the world community has agreed to decide its political destiny through the right to self-determination.
“India forcibly (annexed) Kashmir in 1947 through its military might and we continue to suffer heavily since that day,” Geelani said. “During this period, more than six lakh people have been mercilessly killed.”
“Don’t tag Kashmir issue with law and order problem,” the Hurriyat chairman told Mehbooba in a statement. “The pro-freedom leaders are being caged, denied political space, hundreds are languishing (in jails) since decades and lodged in Tihar jail against fake charges.”
“We have a right to ask these henchmen what is the peace that you are talking about,” Hurriyat chairman said. “They are living in an illusion that people will budge and succumb to their pressure tactics. We will never succumb to pressure and will pursue our mission of freedom till we achieve it.”
“People will never disassociate themselves from the freedom movement. We will pursue our goal despite all odds and the psychological crackdown won’t deter us from pursuing our cherished mission. Kashmiris have sacrificed their lives for the freedom movement and will continue to do so till we achieve our goal.”
Geelani blamed Indian forces for mayhem and prevailing “horrendous” situations and said, “We are a peace-loving nation. We are facing bullets, pellets, are being killed since past 70 years and as such, we are more in need of peace.”
“Unless unethical and unconstitutional occupation comes to an end and unless India concedes to the just and realistic demands of the people of Kashmir, both India and Pakistan particularly Kashmiri will continue to bleed and peace will be a distant dream for everybody living here,” Geelani said.
Referring to India’s Republic Day celebrations, Geelani said New Delhi has let loose the “reign of terror” and has converted the state into a big jail. “Their (Delhi’s) rhetoric for peace is fraud and a deceit to hoodwink the international community,” he said.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed deep grief over the demise of mother of Hamid Hameed, news editor of Kashmir Uzma and prayed for the departed soul and forbearance to the grieved family to bear the irreparable loss.