Srinagar: The Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday called 27th October 1947 as “the saddest and blackest day in Kashmir history” – a day Indian army landed in the Valley.
“It was this day when our long and pathetic days of unrest, slavery and subjugation started,” Geelani said in a statement. “India against all constitutional, legal, moral or democratic norms landed its army in this unfortunate land, putting an end to our civil, social, religious and human liberties.”
The Hurriyat chairman said that “Maharaja Hari Singh had no democratic right, as a head of the state, to call for military intervention at the time when he himself had lost the control and was on run from the valley, facing a revolt from the population against his rule”.
Geelani questioned how a single person can decide the fate of millions of people.
However, paying tributes to slain militants killed in Anantnag and Sopore encounters, Geelani said that no day passes without youth being killed.
“Those fighting for their basic and fundamental rights are labelled as ‘terrorists’ and gunned down day in and day out,” he said.
“These ultimate sacrifices have made our movement so precious that nobody can ever think of any compromise or betrayal,” he said, adding that New Delhi should bear it in mind that “its muscular approach can never force Kashmiri’s into submission”.