Geelani Says ‘beautiful piece of land turned into hell’

Srinagar, January 15: Hurriyat Conference (G) convened an extraordinary meeting of its Majlis-e-Shoora, presided over by its chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, at his Hyderpora residence. According to a statement issued, the meeting took stock of the current situation with reference to the ongoing movement for right to self-determination.

The meeting was attended by representatives of the amalgam including Bilal Siqiqui, Mohammad Yousf Naqash, Khawaja Firdous, Hameed Elahi, Molvi Bashir Irfani, Syed Mohammad Shafi, Yasmeen Raja, Arshid Aziz, Gh. Mohammad Nagoo, Shaheen Iqbal, Devinder Singh Behal, Masooda, Mohammad Maqbool Magami and Mubashir Iqbal. It termed Kashmir issue as ‘a long pending political and humanitarian issue’ to be settled by exercising free and fair plebiscite.

Hailing the statement of British Parliamentarian to help solve the Kashmir issue if voted to power, participants said that “this once again vindicates our stand and proves beyond doubt the disputed nature of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which India continues to deny for the last 7 decades.”

In his presidential address, Geelani termed Kashmir issue “a globally accepted dispute where in the people’s right to self-determination is not only acknowledged but confirmed by more than a dozen resolutions, but persistent denial of our basic rights has turned this beautiful piece of land in a hell where every day killings, crackdowns, arrests, nocturnal raids and bulldozing residences has became a routine.”

“People have been forced to live a harassed and threatened life, with continuous psychological stress,” he said, adding that people are left at the mercy of forces, with vast and widespread intelligence network, who continuously peep into their private affairs without any moral or ethical ground.

Geelani said that common people especially pro-freedom political workers are slapped with numberless PSA and even the release orders from their own judicial houses are not honoured “Many countries have economic interests in India, which is the reason that despite knowing and confirming the barbaric and brute face of India they keep mum, which encourages its meanness and beastliness,’ he said.

He stressed upon the nation in general and youth in particular to strengthen bond with faith and seek guidance from Allah Almighty, be united and steadfast on achieving goal and “we will In Shah Allah get rid of this unnatural and forced occupation.”

Reiterating his appeal for boycott, Geelani said that “those elected by our votes, in the name of basic needs like Sadak, Bijli and Pani, act as local faces of the brutality and inhumanness of Delhi rulers. How can a conscious nation authorize anybody for his death and destruction, killing and maiming?”