India has no right to celebrate its R-Day in JK: Geelani
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said that India has no right to celebrate its Republic Day in Jammu Kashmir as “they have occupied the Valley with its military might and its presence has tormented all ethics of human and international norms.”
Geelani in a statement issued here said that “India claims to be a large democracy in world but virtually stand exposed in Jammu and Kashmir and is trampling all basic and fundamental rights since last seven decades.”
“The very existence of this kind of ruthless state-craft has resulted in gross violations of human rights in the every nook and corner of Jammu and Kashmir. People are left at the mercy of military regime, which kills common people in the broad day light and in the custody, showers of bullets and pellets on the peaceful protest marches, leaving thousands of people, irrespective of gender and age, maimed, disabled, blind and half dead, has become a routine matter,” he said.
“We have no animosity with India or its people and they have every right to celebrate their Republic Day within its states, but despite their being rhetoric about democracy they have no moral and legal right to celebrate it in world recognized disputed land of Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said.
Hurriyat chairman while referring to UN charter, said that they guarantee the basic and fundamental rights and this institution has obviously called to seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite and has asked to ascertain their wish with regards to political destiny of state and even India in its pledge has confirmed to honour and seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite.
“Despite being signatory to these resolutions, India backtracked from its commitment and not providing this opportunity to people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said, stressing school going children, their parents and teachers to stay away from all these celebrations and asked to realize their obligations towards nation.
Geelani condemned the arrests of pro-freedom leaders, activists and youth including Molvi Bashir Irfani, Bilal Sidiqui, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Ab. Rashid Lone, Hakeem Javed, Bilal Ahmad Shah,Abdul Rouf a head of 26 January, said that “Indian republic day comes with the miseries for the Kashmiri people.”