SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Monday said the statements of Indian Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat and DGP S.P. Vaid are an admission that through arbitrary measures and unabated killings, New Delhi couldn’t break the resolve of Kashmiri people.
Referring to Rawat’s statement wherein he said that neither army nor militants will achieve their goal, Geelani in a statement said the Army Chief’s assertions are ambiguous and portray distorted form of events.
“Their statements confirm our moral victory and illustrates that nation has upper hand. It is a victory mark for my suppressed and oppressed people,” Hurriyat chairman said.
Suggesting Gen Rawat to visit the annals of Kashmir history, Geelani said it is absurd to say that people of Kashmir favour India. “Don’t tinker or misquote history. The distortion of events and facts can never change narrative or suppress the aspirations and ambitions of people,” he said.
“Army chief should convey New Delhi that people in Kashmir are firm and determined to follow their sacred freedom struggle despite all odds, and won’t succumb to state sponsored pressure,” the pro-freedom leader said.
Geelani said that referendum is the only yardstick that can validate and confirm people’s aspiration about their political destiny and will clear which direction the wind blows.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed deep grief over the demise of veteran Jama’at-e-Islami leader Ghulam Mohammad Khirqa (Chrar-e-Shareef).
Hailing his contribution for Kashmir freedom movement, Geelani expressed heartfelt condolence and solidarity with the bereaved family and paid tributes to the deceased.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat spokesperson denounced the continuous night raids by forces and “arbitrary” arrests of youth at various places across valley.
“During night raids in Baginder, Mohanpora and Narkorah Budgam, fresh arrests of innocent civilians and putting them in police stations and jails, ransacking houses, breaking doors and window panes, creating a fear in the entire area was a ploy of the ruling class to suppress the sentiments, wishes and aspirations of the people,” he said.
He condemned the authorities for their “inhuman and vengeful attitude” towards youth, saying these tactics were being used as a political vendetta against youth.
The spokesperson also denounced the detention of a 17-year-old student Sajid Ahmad Bangroo in Bagander, Mohanpora saying, “He was subjected to physical torture and even his father Mohammad Shafi Bangroo was arrested during raids and police authorities are needlessly chasing another son Aadil Ahmad.”
“We in strong words denounce police highhandedness and bullying,” the spokesperson said and demanded immediate release of the trio.