SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said the state has been turned into a military garrison. He criticised authorities for their “undemocratic and autocratic” approach saying their tall claims about democracy proved hoax.
In a statement, Geelani said authorities believe in military and muscular might. “We are pursuing a movement to achieve our right to self-determination to decide the political destiny of state as guaranteed by UN,” he said.
“Despite all odds and atrocities, the nation will never budge even an inch nor will succumb to force or pressure tactics,” he added.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the amalgam in a statement decried the curbs placed by authorities to thwart march to Naqashband Sahib shrine.
He said Geelani who continues to be under house arrest, tried to march towards Naqashband Sahib to pay tributes to July 13 martyrs but forces deployed outside his residence prevented him from marching ahead.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai have expressed deep grief over the demise of Ghulam Mohammad Sofi, father of senior pro-freedom leader Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi, saying the deceased was a pious person, eminent businessman, and social and political activist.
Sympathising with the grieved family, Geelani and Sehrai said the deceased Sofi was “an active and energetic Islamist”. They prayed for eternal peace to the departed soul. A Hurriyat delegation visited the bereaved family in Anantnag.