SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said “we are not afraid of state power and threats, nor will we budge”. He said people will follow freedom struggle and show resentment despite all odds.
“We will never accept supremacy or hegemony of India and will oppose forcible occupation and pursue over genuine struggle till last solider leaves our state,” Geelani said in a statement.
He reiterated that Kashmir is a disputed state and that UNO has accepted 18 resolutions to decide its political destination. He said India and Pakistan are signatory to those resolutions.
Hurriyat chairman also demanded removal of forces camps from civilian areas in south Kashmir’s Shopian district, saying these camps are a source of nuisance and harassment for locals.
“We support demand of people of Shopian for removal of these camps which have come in every nook and corner of south Kashmir,” Geelani said in a statement.
He said everyone is aware that the people in south Kashmir have suffered immensely since past several years.
“All records of oppression against the people in southern areas have been broken,” Geelani said. “Not even once have we been allowed to visit there to reach out and sympathise and express our support for the hapless but brave people of south Kashmir.”
Lashing out at authorities, Hurriyat chairman said they have failed to provide safety to civilians. “The life and dignity is of top priority, but it is quite disgusting that people at the helm of affairs and stooges, for lust of chair, assign least importance to this. Instead, they are parroting about so-called development and constructions of roads and flyovers.”
The Hurriyat leader Kashmiri prisoners are being shifted to outside state on one pretext or the other which is “unjustified and inhuman”.
He said those lodged in Delhi’s Tihar Jail are innocent and “no substantial proof against them was proved”.
“NIA accusations were simply a psychological war to break our resolve,” he said. “Those lodged in Tihar Jail are not criminals but political prisoners who are being subjected to detention for their political convictions.”