SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has lauded the “resolve and commitment” of people for not participating in the “election drama under the heavy army siege”.
In a statement, Geelani said, “Despite the armed crackdown, suffocating and obnoxious environment, Indian military might has miserably failed to convince the people of the state to repose faith in its democratic institutions.”
He said the “exemplary election boycott” observed by the people of Kashmir was “a symbolic referendum against India”.
Hurriyat (G) chairman strongly condemned the “barbaric attitude” of New Delhi to “strangulate the popular voice of right to self-determination” by banning the political and religious organisations including Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir and Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF).
“The innocent people (are) not only get killed, maimed, blinded, ruthlessly beaten like animals, but also incarcerated randomly,” he said.
Geelani further said, “India is trying to let loose a reign of terror in the nook and corner of the state by engaging its so-called investigative agencies like NIA and ED to malign the pious image of freedom movement.”
He condemned the repeated summons by NIA to his grandson Anees-ul-Islam, whose father is in Tihar jail for the last 2 years, saying Indian rulers have used its agencies as a war weapon to threaten and humiliate pro-freedom activists and their families.
“Delhi rulers have tarnished every fabric of decency, fair play and justice and to punish Kashmiris. They don’t even spare their innocent kids,” he said.
Stressing on the early resolution of Kashmir issue, Hurriyat (G) chairman expressed hope that the Government of India will shun its “rigid stand” and show willingness to resolve the dispute at the earliest.