Srinagar, June 6: Strongly condemning the killing of youth at Tanghdar by government forces, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has on Wednesday termed it very unfortunate and blamed forces for staging fake encounters.
In a telephonic address to mourners attending funerals of two youth from Pulwama, who were slain in “fake encounter”, Geelani said, “Whatever is happening now, the killings, injuries, arrests, is because of this unnatural alliance of Muslim Kashmir with India. This is despite the fact that six lakh Muslims were butchered by the Hindu fascist forces in Jammu itself, and despite all odds, the nation is resisting illegal occupation and pursuing the right to self-determination.”
Hurriyat (G) chairman in a statement issued to GNS said, “Indian rulers are suffering from arrogance of power, and are denying and refusing the basic right to people.”
Appealing youth to boycott upcoming elections, Geelani said the polls provide Indian leadership opportunity to mislead the world community. “They (Indian rulers) are not sincere and just play with your sentiments and looting resources of state,” he said.
Blaming ruling elite for changing the demography of state, Geelani said, “These stooges are hell bent to change our majority status.”
He added, “Islam, freedom and unity in our folds can lead us to our destiny and if the entire nation follows these goals, we will definitely achieve our destination very soon.”
Hurriyat (G) chairman while lashing out at authorities said that political detainees are subjected to vengeance and ill treatment.
Referring to incarcerated senior leader Gh Mohammad Khan Sopori, Geelani condemned the slapping of 4th Public Safety Act (PSA) on him and shifting him to Kot Bhalwal, terming it the “worst demonstration of political vendetta”.
He also condemned the prolonged and “unlawful” house detention of THJK chairman Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Bilal Sidiqi, Mohammad Ashraf Laya, and other resistance leaders.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai in a joint statement expressed their grief over the demise of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat activist Arshad Ahmad Punjabi.
Both leaders paid rich tributes to Arshad Ahmad for his commitment and exemplary character and contribution.
Geelani and Sehrai while extending condolences prayed for the departed soul and forbearance to the grieved family to bear the irreparable loss. (GNS)