Srinagar, Dec 16: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday slammed the state administration for “caging” people and leadership, saying that public rally supposed to be held at Lal Chowk, Anantnag was organised to send a message that New Delhi and local administration can’t face leadership and people on political turf.
Geelani in a statement issued to GNS said authorities’ tall claims of freedom of expression stand exposed as they resorted to vandalism, arresting leadership, imposing restrictions and bullying.
He said government’s actions are “hooliganism” and that ‘war-like’ situation, curfew and detention of hundreds of pro-freedom leaders, activists and youths to foil peaceful public rally is the “acceptance of defeat by the rulers and their local agents”.
“The proposed public rally was a peaceful program and referendum to send a message to international community that the basic problem in Kashmir is the illegal and forced military occupation of India and it is this military power which India is using to suppress the peaceful and genuine voices of the Kashmiri people,” Geelani said.
Geelani said foiling the rally “simply exposed their tall claims about transparency and their rhetoric regarding democracy were deflated”.
He said government’s curbs on movement of people “fully exposed the democratic claims of India” and “authenticated that they lost this battle even before it could have started.”
“Till the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not given their right to self-determination which has been promised to them by the Indian leadership and the world community, we will pursue our cherished mission,” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Cconference leaders including Gh Nabi Sumji, Hakim Ab Rashid and Mohammad Yusuf Naqash visited Magarmal Bagh and extended condolences to senior journalist Zaheer u Din on the demise of his mother. (GNS)