Geelani pays tribute to Altaf Dar, Umar Rashid
Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday paid tributes to the slain militants including Altaf Ahmad Dar and Umar Rashid Wani, who were killed in an encounter at Kulgam Islamabad during the preceding night.
Geelani as per a statement issued here reiterated his stand that the present armed struggle against the Indian subjugation is ‘a sheer reaction’.
“It is not a hobby of our youth engaged in an armed struggle but a reaction of occupation on Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said.
Condemning the use of excessive force against the civil population leaving scores of men and women seriously wounded, Geelani termed the military action as ‘a ploy to suppress the people with iron fists’.
Citing the annals of history, Geelani said that for the last 71 years, people of Kashmir have been demanding their birth right i.e. right to self-determination but the Indian stubbornness, which is unjustified, has served as a major stumbling-block for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute.
He reiterated his appeal to the people of Kashmir to observe complete civil curfew on 30 and 31 August against the vile conspiracies to change the Muslim majority character of the state.
Expressing his deep concern on victimizing the innocent people especially the youth in Poonch, Rajouri and across Peer Panchal region of Jammu division for raising pro-movement slogans during the protest rallies against the Indian barbarism, Geelani lauded the strong commitment displayed by the people living in these remote and neglected regions of Jammu division.
While terming the behaviour of NIA and ED as ‘a sheer vengeance’ against the incarcerated Hurriyat leaders, Geelani expressed his utmost surprise on the fresh raids and extensive search operations on the residences of Altaf Ahmad Shah and Ayaz Akbar.
“Intimidating the families of the leaders, the ED sought the details of their property. It is highly deplorable and amazing that the NIA seized not only the personal documents of each and every kind but even the waste papers lying in the dustbins,” said Geelani.
Taking a dig on the communication gap between the Indian agencies be it NIA or ED, he expressed his wonder on the Enforcement Directorate asking for the property documents already seized by its sister agency (NIA), 15 months ago.
Condemning the actions of ED to ‘harass’ the families of those leaders already languishing in Tihar jails in ‘a pathetic condition’ due to the ill-treatment of the jail authorities, Geelani said that this type of ordeal is a unique example in modern civilized world.
He also condemned the arrest of Mohammad Amin, serving as a cook in the Hurriyat office at the hands of occupation forces at Kulgam.
Lashing out at the ‘dastardly’ action, Geelani said Mohammad Amin, while on the way to his home at Kulgam was stopped and asked to display his identity card by the Indian forces. “Knowing his affiliation with the Hurriyat conference, the forces personnel got annoyed and in a harassing position handed him over to police task force at Kulgam,” he said, terming the police action as ‘a part of the repressive policy of vengeance’ against the Hurriyat Conference.
He cautioned the freedom loving people of the state to remain vigilant against these ploys to change the Muslim majority character of the state.