Srinagar: Government forces restricted Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani from offering Jammat-ul-Vida prayers at the Hazratbal shrine. Geelani’s faction of the Hurriyat Conference had on Wednesday said that their leader would go offer congregational prayers at Hazratbal. On Friday, at around 12:45pm when Geelani was stepping out of his house, a posse of policemen outside his residence stopped him from going ahead.
A spokesperson of Hurriyat (G) said that the police locked the gate of Geelani’s office-cum-residence from outside.
Later, addressing the people by a recorded video message, Geelani lashed out at the Jammu and Kashmir government. He said: “The puppets of New Delhi have unleashed a reign of terror against innocent civilians. By placing curbs, denying religious obligations and detaining resistance leaders, the government is denying them the right to stage peaceful protests.”
Geelani said Kashmiris will continue their struggle till the dawn of freedom arrives. He said the sacrifices of youth won’t go waste and nobody will be allowed to play with their sacrifices. “We will never surrender or succumb to pressure but will pursue our cherished mission till it is taken to its logical conclusion,” he said.
Geelani expressed satisfaction over the overwhelming response of people for Youm-e-Kashmir and Youm-Al-Quds, and said: “For the past 70 years the Palestine and Kashmir issues are being neglected. The response of people to endorsing the JRL’s resolutions is a welcome step and encouraging.”
Asking people to remain cautious against the nefarious designs planned by “local stooges”, he reiterated his appeal for boycott of elections and urged people to stay away from all government-sponsored functions.
Expressing grave concern over the “genocide” of innocent people of Palestine at the hands of Israel’s “fascist” forces, Geelani rejected what he termed as the US hegemony to accept Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“It is against the sovereignty of a nation like Palestine, and to intervene in the internal matters of a sovereign state is against the set principles of UNO,” Geelani said.