Geelani Says, Kashmir Not Equipped For Armed Struggle Against India

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SRINAGAR – The Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Sunday said that the people of Kashmir do not have the resources to wage an armed struggle against India to secure freedom.

“No country is ready to provide us any armed support, so we must gain our independence from Indian rule by peaceful resistance. We must continue our struggle for the right to self-determination,” Geelani said at a seminar organised by the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat in memory of the martyrs of Karbala.

“The sacrifices offered by the martyrs of Karbala should be a source of strength and resolve for the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have been suffering under oppressive Indian rule,” he said.

“Unless we get independence from India, we can’t establish an Islamic society in our state. Independence and an Islamic society are the essential requirements for the welfare of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” he said.

Geelani also said that the United Nations had failed to maintain peace and security in Islamic countries where, according to him, heinous crimes of human rights violations were being committed.

“In India, people especially Muslims, were slaughtered in Assam and Gujarat,” he said.

“In 1947, five lakh Muslims were massacred in Jammu alone by the troops of the Maharaja,, the police of Patiala, and Jana Sangh and RSS workers,” he said.

“NC , Congress and other parties claim themselves to be protecting the identity of  the people. They actually back the forces who are committing human rights violations in the state. Those who vote and support these people are answerable before Allah,” he said.

He said that the people should not support those promoting the open sale of liquor in Kashmir.

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