In address streamed live on social media, says J&K ‘reeling under slavery’ since 1947
Srinagar: Under house arrest since 2010, Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani was allowed by the government on Thursday to visit his widowed daughter in Sopore. Geelani’s son-in-law had passed away on Tuesday.
In his address to the people of Sopore, which was streamed live on social media, Geelani reiterated the demand for “right to self determination”. He said the people of J&K had been “militarily occupied” by India since the time of the subcontinent’s partition in 1947.
Geelani said that once the nations of India and Pakistan came into existence in 1947 on the basis of two-nation theory, “India occupied J&K by sending in forces”.
“Those who wanted to get rid of the Indian oppression were contained militarily, which continues till date,” he said.
The state of Jammu & Kashmir, he said, was “reeling under slavery” since 1947.
The separatist leader said that he was not allowed to “reach out to people to preach Islam and struggle for freedom to them and to sympathise with those who are oppressed.”
“There is police on one side of my residence and a CRPF vehicle on the other. When I have to consult a doctor, police is with me even there,” Geelani said.
He said that the resistance leaders were “not being able to take part in funerals of martyrs”.
“We have been put in a jail. That is why we are not being allowed to reach out to you,” he said.
He requested youth to abstain from immoral activities, saying, “Resourceful enemy’s strategy is to destroy and cripple us.” Appealing younger generation to follow Islamic teachings, he said “get to nerves of the oppressed so that it never succeeds in its nefarious designs.”
Barring a few times, the ailing 88-year-old has been restricted to his residence-cum-office at Hyderpora by the government since 2010.
Early this year, he was allowed to offer Friday prayers but was again put under house detention. On Thursday, the frail old man visited Sopore, his hometown, and addressed the gathering of mourners in his daughter’s house.