SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said Kashmir’s generation next is fully conscious of the hazards and ill effects of “slavery” and is at the forefront of the struggle “to liberate their land”.
Geelani, in a statement, paid tributes to six armed youth who were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Bijbehara, Anantnag on Friday morning.
“The barbarism and brutality of India has crossed all the limits, pushing the youth to the extreme and then legalising their killings,” he said. “For the last 71 years, we have seen only the brutal face of India, lived a life of uncertainty, chaos and harassment, have only shouldered the coffins of our dear ones, suffered only death and destruction all around. This gloomy situation has forced our highly qualified and professionals to fight back and pay the oppressor in the same coin. They prefer rebellion than living a life of slavery.”
“The pro-freedom people will always miss the sharp, focused and fertile brains as these shining diamonds and their unparalleled commitment is a great treasure of any nation particularly oppressed and suppressed like us. We are unfortunate that we lose them so early as their undented dedication and visionary intellect would help to streamline our movement,” Geelani said.
He further said that the commitment and unparalleled sacrifices of the youth put a huge obligation and responsibility on not only the leaders but the common people as well “not to even think of any compromise or betrayal”.
The veteran pro-freedom leader added, “Election drama and its multi-faced actors pretend to be our saviours to fetch votes in the name of basic necessities, but in reality they are the people who strengthen the unholy bond of slavery, so nation as a whole should desist from (rendering) any support to them.”
Geelani appealed youth to strictly follow the glorious path of Qur’an and Sunnah, have unity and discipline, not fall prey to sectarian conflicts and honestly and sincerely contribute to the ongoing movement in whatever way they can.
Meanwhile, as per the JRL programme, peaceful protests were held after congregational Friday prayers against the killings particularly the “cold-blooded murder” of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Mir Hafizullah.