Geelani condemns NIA’s ‘baseless’ case against DeM chief

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Pays tributes to incarcerated resistance leaders

SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Friday rejected “any possibility of submission or surrender” before Delhi’s military might, and termed the fresh spurt in “character assassination campaign” launched by NIA against resistance leaders as a “brazen plot” to prolong their “illegal and unjustified” detention.
Geelani in a statement hailed the “exemplary and praiseworthy” role played by senior pro-freedom leader Syeda Aasiya Andrabi and her family, and condemned the “sinister designs” of NIA to lodge “baseless” case against her.
“It is a well-thought-out ploy to defame the leadership on flimsy and fabricated charges,” Geelani said. “This is a vicious character assassination campaign of NIA and it illustrates frustration of Indian authorities.”
He advised Indian authorities to take lesson from its own history of freedom struggle against the British rule.
“History bears testimony to the fact that any indigenous popular movement for right to self-determination has never been defeated or eliminated by imperialistic forces whatsoever,” he said.
Hurriyat chairman asked New Delhi to shun path of “vengeance and character assassination” of resistance leadership to prolong their “unjustified” detentions.
“It is better to resolve the long-pending Kashmir dispute for peaceful and prosperous future of the subcontinent which has turned into a nuclear flash point,” he said.
Geelani paid tributes to the “valuable and admirable sacrifices” rendered by senior leaders of resistance movement lodged in Tihar jail including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Shahid Yousuf, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, besides Masarat Alam Bhat, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Dr Mohammad Qasim Faktoo, Dr. Muhammad Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Mohammad Yusuf Mir, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Mansoor Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Ghani Dar, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Mir Hafeezullah, Ameer Hamza Shah, Abdul Rashid Mugloo, Siraj-u-Din, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi and scores of others languishing in various jails.
He also condemned the “arrest of Abdul Rashid Dar (Pampore) in lieu of his son Javed Ahmad”, saying it is in no way a legal way or supported by any moral ethics to punish an innocent person for the fault he never committed.

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