Srinagar, June 29: Rejecting any possibility of submission or surrender before the India’s military might, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani termed the fresh spurt in the “character assassination campaign” launched by NIA against the resistance leadership as “a brazen plot to prolong the illegal and unjustified detention of the leadership”.
Hailing the “exemplary and praiseworthy” role played by pro-freedom leader Syeda Asiya Andrabi and her family, Geelani in a statement issued to GNS condemned the “sinister designs” of NIA to lodge “baseless” case against her.
“It is a well-thought out ploy to defame leadership on flimsy and fabricated charges. This is a vicious character assassination campaign of NIA and it illustrates frustration of Indian authorities,” he said and advised Indian authorities to take lesson from its own history of freedom struggle against the Britishers.
Hurriyat (G) chairman said history bears testimony to this fact that any indigenous popular movement for right to self-determination has never been defeated or eliminated by imperialistic forces whatsoever.
While emphasising upon New Delhi to shun path of “vengeance and character assassination” of resistance leadership and to prolong their unjustified detentions, Geelani said it is better to resolve the long pending Kashmir dispute for peaceful and prosperous future of the subcontinent.
Geelani paid rich tributes to the “valuable and admirable sacrifices” rendered by senior leaders of resistance movement lodged in Tihar jail including Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ghulam Mohammad Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Shahid Yousuf, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, besides Masarat Allam Bhat, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Dr Mohammad Qasim Faktoo , Dr. Muhammad Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Mohammad Yusuf Mir, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Mansoor Ahmed, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi , Abdul Ghani Dar, Ghulam Mohammad Khan Sopori, Shakeel Ahmad Yato, Molana Sarjjan Barkati, Mir Hafeez-Ullah, Amir Hamza Shah, Abdul Rashid Mugloo, Siraj-u-Din, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi and scores of other detainees languishing in different jails .
He condemned the arrest of Ab Rashid Dar (Pampore) in lieu of his son Javed Ahmad, saying that it is in no way a legal way or supported by any moral ethics to punish an innocent person for the fault he never committed. (GNS)