SRINAGAR, (SANA): All Parties Hurriyet Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said that the Kashmiris will never surrender before India’s use of force and they will continue their struggle till they achieve their inalienable right to self-determination.
Ali Geelani, who is under house arrest in Srinagar, in a statement, said that the first Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, had promised that the Kashmiri people would be given an opportunity to decide their fate by themselves.
However, he deplored that the Indian rulers had been carrying on with the policy of victimizing the Kashmiris for demanding the fulfillment of the same pledge. Syed Ali Geelani demanded immediate release of illegally detained Kashmiri youth. He termed the invoking of draconian law, Public Safety Act, against senior APHC leader, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, and his shifting from Srinagar central jail to Kot Bhalwal jail, Jammu, as political vendetta.
Meanwhile Syed Ali Shah Geelani was arrested by police outside his residence at Hyderpora on Friday.
Geelani was arrested as he tried to go to Sopore to offer Friday prayers and to pay the tribute to Mohammad Afzal Guru who was hanged and buried in Tihar Jail on February 9. He had also planned to visit Baramulla and offer condolence to the family of Tahir Rasool Sofi who was killed by the Army at Ganaie Hamam, Baramulla on March 5.
The Hurriyat (G) chairman was under house arrest since his return from New Delhi. He was not allowed to move outside to carry his political activities and perform religious duties.
Geelani strongly condemned his arrest and described it as exposure of double standards of Indian democracy. He appealed the people to observe restraint. “The need of the hour is to remain firm on our stand and keep our morale high. We should not get frightened. On one side government of India makes tall claims about democracy and on the other side it indulges in worst kind of state terrorism in Kashmir. This way it negates its own claims,” he said.
The Hurriyat (G) chairman appealed the youth to have tolerance and patience while dealing with suppression. “I am ready to be arrested and taken anywhere. This is height of oppression that I am not being allowed to meet my own people and I am arrested on the door only,” he said.
Geelani added that, “I am with my people and feel their pain in my heart. In my room I live a life of a prisoner but my heart always remembers my people.”
The Hurriyat (G) chairman described as an important step the resolution passed in Pakistani parliament regarding the hanging of Mohammad Afzal Guru and against the state terrorism in Kashmir. He said the resolution was passed after a delay of one month.
After his arrest Geelani was lodged in Humhama police station and in the evening taken to his Hyderpora residence, where he was again placed under house arrest.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is also under house arrest in Srinagar, in his statement said that the crackdown by Indian police on leaders and activists of his party and other pro-freedom organizations was admission of defeat by India in Kashmir. He described the shifting of Shabbir Ahmad Shah to Kot Bhalwal jail under the PSA as frustration of the puppet administration.
The Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party General Secretary, Muhammad Abdullah Tari, in a statement said that the puppet regime could not break the resolve of the party Chairman, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, by putting him behind the bars.
The APHC spokesman in his statement denounced in strong terms the curbs on Hurriyet Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and slapping of PSA on Shabbir Shah. Hurriyet leaders, Ghulam Ahmad Mir and Farida Behenji, in their statements deplored that New Delhi had stepped up its state terrorism in the territory after the judicial murder of Muhammad Afzal Guru.
In Geneva, the International Council for Human Rights-Kashmir Project dedicated the Kashmir UN Week outside the headquarters of the United Nations to the victims of rape in occupied Kashmir and the recent execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru. The Kashmir
UN Week, which commenced on Monday, attracted large crowds. Addressing the visitors, the Chairman of ICHR-Kashmir Project, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, deplored that Indian troops involved in rape incidents of Kunan Poshpora and Shopian in the occupied territory were not brought to justice so far.
Speakers at a seminar on the sidelines of the 22nd session of the UN Human Rights Council said that the culture of impunity had resulted in the killing of over one lac deaths besides rape and custodial disappearances in occupied Kashmir. The speakers included Altaf Hussain Wani, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf, Mrs Shamim Shawl and Mrs Sadani Malaine.