Srinagar, May 11: “Repeated statements by Army and police have at least confirmed our stand that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is s police state, governed and managed by men in uniform and they often make announcements beyond their professional domain, while the political veil is only mute puppets just to cut the ribbons of inauguration or nod their heed in assertive of these statements,” said chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Friday.
In a statement issued here, Geelani while commenting on the recent statement of Army chief said it is arrogant, egoistic and expression of the “brute mindset” based on military might. “These top-ranked soldiers of India forget the historical facts that peaceful and sincere sentiment of a nation can never die down under the barrel of gun,” he said.
“It should be more than clear to these rulers that our movement is not a campaign for any emoluments, perks or privileges, nor is it to make a way to the power corridors. It is a mass movement representing the uprising against the unrealistic, undemocratic and unjustified occupation by India. It is a natural and realistic movement nourished by the blood and honour of our people. And any such movement is deemed to reach to its logical conclusion, no matter how and when” Geelani added.
He said that Indian rulers always promoted and pampered their “stooges” to act as their henchmen. “It is a fact that 10 lakh army with the latest weaponry and technological update cannot be defeated by a few youths with minimum and little ammunition, but it is also a fact that this military might has been kept engaged by these few people for the last 30 years and the Indian army is so afraid of these boys that they have to hide behind the human shield while encountering them,” he said.
Hurriyat (G) chairman said, “As a nation, we can’t even think of surrender or submission. We would prefer to vanish but never accept and legitimize the forceful occupation. The armed forces, with all impunity and a thick layer of protective laws, fail to combat the surge of the people. Operation All Out, ‘epidemic of dead eyes’ and calibrations on more than a dozen deaths in a day too has proved futile.”
Suggesting the army chief to go through the pages of history, Geelani said that British army also threatened Indians when they were holding the reins of power in India. “American sarcastically said same to Vietnamese and in recent past Russians also tried to hold the territory of Afghanistan with the same rhetoric, but history stands testimony to the fact that all these arrogant occupiers were dashed to the ground along with their military and weaponry might,” he said.
“We pray and hope that our oppressor and occupier meet the same fate if it prolongs our slavery and encourages brutalities and iron fist as the only remedy,” Geelani said.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference (G) lashed out at state administration and police for again barring its chairman Syed Ali Geelani from offering congregational Friday prayers, terming it as interference in the religious affairs.
“Syed Ali Geelani could not attend the Friday congregational prayers today due to his continuous house arrest,” Hurriyat said in a statement issued here. It said police personnel deployed outside his residence informed the office that Geelani can’t attend Friday prayers.
Geelani and other resistance leaders are barred from performing religious obligations which is interference in religious matters and a clear violation of UN charter wherein performing religious obligations have been recognized as the fundamental right, the statement said.
Hurriyat (G) has appealed the human rights organizations and the international community to take cognizance of this “lawlessness, human rights violations” and continuous house arrest of Geelani.
Hurriyat (G) also expressed strong resentment over repeated “arbitrary” curbs and restrictions in Srinagar and lockdown of central Jamia Masjid and other mosques of the city.
“Locking down the central Jamia Masjid especially on Fridays to bar people from all across the Valley to assemble and offer prayers is aimed at weakening the centrality and significance of the grand mosque,” Hurriyat said.
It strongly condemned the detention of Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Hurriyat spokesperson Ghulam Ahmad Gulzar, Aga Syed Hassan Almosvi, Bilal Sidiqee, Mohd Yasin Ataie, Mohd Ashraf Laya, Syed Imtiyaz Hyder and Bashir Ahmad.
Despite “arbitrary” restrictions and curbs, a resolution was read out and passed by the people today in various mosques, shrines and Imambargahs across Kashmir and public demonstration at Rambir Garh Baramula, Maisuma Srinagar, Hyderpora, Lal Chowk were led by Hakim Ab Rashid , Mohd Yusuf Naqash, Mohd Shafi Lone, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Syed Mohd Shafi, Nisar Husain Rather, Omer Adil Dar, and other including Rameez raja, Mustafa Sultan, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan , Jan Mohammad Bahaar, Ab Rashid Beg, Mohd Umar, Asif Raja, Tariq Ahmad Mir, Shafeeq Ahmad Khan, Mohd Feisal, Jan Mohd Najar, Imtiyaz Ahmad Shah, Mohd Imran Bhat and Mohd Shafi Mir, the statement said. (GNS)