AFSPA, PSA offshoots of unresolved Kashmir dispute: Geelani

AFSPA, PSA offshoots of unresolved Kashmir dispute: Geelani
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SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said AFSPA and PSA were offshoots of an unresolved Kashmir dispute. He said the “dictatorial rule, imposition of draconian laws and continuation of forced occupation” of New Delhi reflect the acceptance of defeat by authorities as it signifies their nervousness and fear of facing the “rightful resistance” from people.
Referring to the statement of Government of India minister Hansraj Gangaram wherein he stated that New Delhi has no plans to withdraw AFSPA, in Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani in a statement said New Delhi instead of accepting the hard realities about Kashmir issue is resorting to “barbarism, loot, plunder, genocide, rapes and through its military might suppresses genuine aspirations of subjugated people in the occupied state”.
He said New Delhi has added black and barbarous chapter in history while denying the fundamental right of the people in state. He said the ongoing freedom movement for right to self-determination has entered into a decisive phase.
Lashing out at authorities, Hurriyat chairman said they instead of facing peaceful and political movement and its leadership on political turf, resorted to military might and other coercive measures to suppress our genuine aspiration, however failed.
Challenging the state and union authorities, Geelani asked them to lift curbs on him. He hailed people for their “bravery, valour, high spirits and commitment with freedom movement”.
“For how long will you declare Kashmir as disturbed area and carry all your coercive measures to (deprive) people from their fundamental right of freedom,” he said.
Geelani suggested Indian authorities to shun “fanatical politics” and said the need of the hour is to acknowledge ground realities of the long-pending J&K dispute. He said the history and the circumstances are enough to prove that rightful resistance movement never failed.
“No power on earth or draconian laws like AFSPA can change the narrative (of Kashmir dispute),” Geelani said. “Authorities can use their delaying tactics but it will never stop us to achieve what we are striving for.”
Meanwhile, Geelani paid tributes to slain youth in Helmatpora Kupwara.