When life and honour is at stake, development has no value: Geelani

When life and honour is at stake, development has no value: Geelani
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‘Kashmiri youth don’t strive for economic packages’

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said that on the visit of Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to state, converting whole city into an army garrison, curtailing people’s movement and then labelling Jammu and Kashmir as the “crown” of India is aimed at befooling people.
In a statement, Geelani said Kashmir problem is not about economic deprivation but it is an issue concerning the basic and fundamental right of more than 14 million humans. He said beating the drum of development as the only remedy for all issues is not only unrealistic but insane as well.
Hurriyat chairman said Indian premier has deliberately shied away from historical facts and has not bothered to go through India’s own freedom movement. Otherwise he would have come across the fact that development like roads and buildings, markets and mansions, came up only under Mughal and British rule and even today’s India is recognised and known for the remnant of that era, he said.
“Had the economic reforms and development been able to lure the aspirants of freedom, India would have been contented with that glorious slavery,” Geelani said.
He said the “local henchmen” should bear in mind that New Delhi with their “shameful support” has been perpetrating these political “dramas” for the last seven decades but has miserably failed to win the hearts of Kashmiris.
“When our life and livelihood are not safeguarded, when our basic rights are drained, when more than 10 lakh armed forces are threatening us, the economic empowerment and mega projects lose the worth. When our life and honour is at stake, good living has no value,” he said.
Geelani said Kashmiri youth don’t strive for begging bowls of economic packages but struggle to get rid of the “enforced slavery”.
Referring to call to youth to join mainstream, Hurriyat chairman said, “Once we get rid of military occupation, we can flourish both politically as well as economically and will not only be self sufficient but can extend a helping hand to needy people of our neighbours including India.”
“The highly qualified and well placed professionals are up in arms against the occupation as their long and bitter experience of subjugation is enough to make them understand that their life, livelihood, honour, culture, faith and dignity — nothing is safe under the Indian occupation and we are left with no option then to strive and struggle to fight for our existence,” Geelani said.