Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesdaycautioned people of Jammu and Kashmir against the “divide and rule policy of pro-India factions” and stressed for unity among all those pursuing the “sacred mission”.
“Almighty Allah is the only Guardian and He only can save us from this turmoil and testing time,” Geelani said in a statement issued here. He asked people to repose faith in Almighty Allah and seek refuge in Him only as “this will definitely infuse spirits and rejuvenate our will power against all brutalities and hardships we face while pursuing pious and sacred mission”.
Geelani, according to statement, expressed concern over continuous “bloodbath” in south Kashmir and said that people are being silenced with military might.
Geelani paid tributes to Sufail Ahmad Bhat who succumbed to his injuries while battling for life at SMHS hospital here. Bhat was injured in a gunfight in south Kashmir’s Shopian on Sunday.
“Our youth lay their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation and putting a huge responsibility on our shoulders to honour these sacrifices and take the movement to its logical end,” he said.
Reminding authorities of their commitment with people of state, Geelani said: “Despite carrying arbitrary measures and turning besieged state into a battle field, they failed to break our resolve. Since past seven decades, hundreds and thousands of people were killed by the government forces.”
Geelani said the authorities have made a commitment to resolve the Kashmir issue through internationally acknowledged right to self-determination of people of Jammu and Kashmir. “But instead of fulfilling their commitment, their forces have let lose a reign of terror and are carrying genocide in state.”
Voicing serious concern over the spree of killings, Geelani said: “The policy of oppression can’t deter people from pursuing the sacred movement.”
Geelani appealed world human rights organisations, OIC and Pakistan for their cognisance and impressed to raise their voice and “come to the rescue of subjugated people in Kashmir”.