Srinagar, January 24: India has no right to celebrate its Republic Day in Jammu Kashmir as they have occupied the Valley with its military might and its presence has tormented all ethics of human and international norms, said Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday.
In a statement issued to KNO, Hurriyat chairman said that “India claims to be a large democracy in world but virtually stand exposed in Jammu and Kashmir and is trampling all basic and fundamental rights since last seven decades.”
“The very existence of this kind of ruthless state-craft has resulted in gross violations of human rights in the every nook and corner of Jammu and Kashmir. People are left at the mercy of military regime, which kills common people in the broad day light and in the custody, showers of bullets and pellets on the peaceful protest marches, leaving thousands of people, irrespective of gender and age, maimed, disabled, blind and half dead, has become a routine matter,” he said.
“We have no animosity with India or its people and they have every right to celebrate their Republic Day within its states, but despite their being rhetoric about democracy they have no moral and legal right to celebrate it in world recognized disputed land of Jammu and Kashmir,” Geelani said.
Hurriyat chairman while referring to UN charter, said that they guarantee the basic and fundamental rights and this institution has obviously called to seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite and has asked to ascertain their wish with regards to political destiny of state and even India in its pledge has confirmed to honour and seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite.
“Despite being signatory to these resolutions, India backtracked from its commitment and not providing this opportunity to people of Jammu and Kashmir,” he said, stressing school going children, their parents and teachers to stay away from all these celebrations and asked to realize their obligations towards nation.
Geelani condemned the arrests of pro-freedom leaders, activists and youth including Molvi Bashir Irfani, Bilal Sidiqui, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Ab. Rashid Lone, Hakeem Javed, Bilal Ahmad Shah,Abdul Rouf a head of 26 January, said that “Indian republic day comes with the miseries for the Kashmiri people.”
Meanwhile, paying tributes to the militants killed in Baramulla gunfight, Geelani said that “the youth are sacrificing their precious lives for a greater cause to serve the nation and we are duty-bound to carry their mission to its logical end.”
Blaming stubborn attitude of Indian leadership for continuous bloodshed, Hurriyat chairman said that “their denial and unconcern is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed in Jammu and Kashmir.”
Meanwhile remembering the Handwara and Kupwara massacres, Geelani said that “forces have left their brutal footprints in every nook & corner of the state, where armed forces yet again de-shaped and molested the already bloated face of the so-called Indian democracy. People were peacefully protesting against the highhandedness of forces when they were showered with bullets from all around.”
He said that history may have not witnessed such heinous acts of barbarism when peaceful protests were suddenly trapped in a pool of bullets. Hailing the courageous determination of the families of victims, Geelani said that “we can never afford to distance from the sacred mission of martyrs and need to try our best to get rid of this humiliated slavery.”
“The best way to pay homage to our beloved hero’s is that we should not fall prey to the nefarious designs of our oppressor and their stooges. We should take pledge that we will fight this oppression tooth and nail till our last breath and wishfully will render any sacrifice to achieve our goal,” he said. While commemorating the 23 slain minority community members of Wandhama killed on 25th January in 1998, Geelani expressed his solidarity and sympathy with the grieved families.
He said that during past 30 years the forces killed thousands of innocents and demanded impartial investigation into this massacre so that the involved forces personnel are held strictly accountable, so it becomes the responsibility of the world community to come forward and fulfill their duties in giving justice to the oppressed and suppressed nation.
Meanwhile, Geelani expressed his shock and grief on the demise of brother of pro-freedom leader and his age old companion Shah Wali Mohammad of Seelu Sopore. He prayed for his eternal peace and courage to the bereaved family to bear this tragic loss