‘New Delhi desperate to change the narrative of Kashmir issue
SRINAGAR: Kashmir is in the grip of political turmoil and violence has become a daily occurrence, said Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday while addressing through videoconference the Three-day Kashmir Conference organised by National University of Modern Languages, Islamabad, Pakistan.
A Hurriyat statement issued here said Geelani in his inaugural speech said, “Jammu and Kashmir is world’s highly militarised zone and in presence of 7.5 lakh Indian forces and Ikhwan like renegades, the people are living a miserable life and are under constant threat.”
Blaming India for its “deception” and “trampling” all ethics, Geelani said, “Instead of following the partition plan of 1947, they under its expansion designs invaded Junagarh and Hyderabad and forcibly landed its forces in Kashmir.”
He briefed the participants about his observations regarding the socio-economic and political changes taking place in the region, the statement said.
The Hurriyat chairman blamed Indian authorities for backtracking from their commitment made to the people of Kashmir.
Geelani New Delhi is “desperate” to change the narrative of Kashmir issue. “People in occupied state are facing horrendous situations, un-proportionate military might, detentions and unabated killings,” he said.
Expressing gratitude to the organisers, Geelani said, “It is encouraging that intellectuals from all corners of the world feel our pain. Kashmir issue is the unfinished agenda and as per partition plan.”
Referring to the present situation, Hurriyat chairman said the denial of civil and political liberties has become alarming and grim. “The indiscriminate use of lethal weapons, killing, loot, plunder and sexual assault on women has become a routine. People are mercilessly killed, maimed arrested, blinded, bruised and molestation of women is used as a war weapon by Indian occupation forces. In this grim situation, the life, honour and property of the people have become vulnerable and human rights bodies are not allowed to take notice of this.”
Lashing out at New Delhi, Geelani said Indian leaders stand exposed for their designs to alter and tamper the demographic status of Jammu Kashmir. “They are hatching conspiracies to settle non-Kashmiri Hindus and refugees from West Pakistan in Kashmir Valley so that Muslims are reduced to a minority. (They are) even facilitating labourers, ex-servicemen, employees and beggars to settle in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”
He also blamed India for waging a cultural aggression against people in JK. “Authorities are encouraging Hindu pilgrimages, establishing Army Goodwill Schools in border areas, neglecting Urdu and introducing Hindi, and Sadbhavana tours. It is part of their devilish game aimed at diluting Kashmir issue.” “Authorities are not allowing us to offer religious obligations on Friday and Eid festivals,” Geelani said.
Referring to the statement of Indian army chief wherein he had said that youth in state instead of throwing stones should take to gun, Geelani said it aimed at justifying mass killing in the state.
“Since past eight years, I am under house arrest and authorities are denying any political space,” Hurriyat leader said.
“No one would be allowed to sabotage the liberation movement, which would be taken to its logical conclusion despite all odds,” Geelani added.