Unity No Pre-Condition for K-Resolution: Geelani

‘Police trying to be more loyal to Delhi than Army’ 

SRINAGAR: Stating that unity among the pro-freedom leaders was not a pre-condition for resolution of the Kashmir dispute, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Saturday said despite being united for ten years the separatist leadership could not change the nature of Kashmir issue ‘as every faction was fighting for resolution of the issue in its own way’.

He also lashed out at the state government for placing him under house arrest and claimed that the government was afraid of Hurriyat (G).

“Every separatist entity is making its efforts on its level and people should understand that unification was not necessary to get Kashmir issue resolved,” Geelani said in an interview with local news agency the CNS.

Geelani said his faction of Hurriyat Conference was against killing of innocent people. “But we don’t have any control over militant outfits. In addition, we cannot blame militants for everything. There are many agents working in the state for the dirty interests of various agencies and we should not forget the Ikhwanis who killed thousands of innocents," he said.

Geelani further said that the police image in Kashmir is tainted. “Some of them even ask for the bribe for releasing the youth. Police has been seen trying to show themselves as more loyal to India than the Army and other paramilitary forces. They should realize that they are part and parcel of this society so they should change their attitude”.

Reiterating his appeal for election boycott, he said that people should understand the demerits of their participation in elections.

When asked whether his boycott appeal would convince people to refrain from exercising the right to vote, he said, “The job of leadership is to guide the people and issue the right directions. It is the duty of people to follow the leadership to achieve the desired goals. People should understand that their vote may change mainstream political party in power but all political parties are agents of the government of India”.

“People should remember that in 2008 they raised the slogans in support of Azadi but when soon elections were held they shouted slogans for bijli, sadak and pani, forgetting the Kashmir cause. People should understand that when they vote they vote in support of Indian democracy,” Geelani said.

When asked whether the boycott calls favour a particular political dispensation, he said, “It is irrelevant whether election boycott helps NC or any other party but the most important thing is to send out the message that we reject the ‘illegal occupation’ of India”, adding, “People should understand that by exercising right to vote in elections, they are making chains of slavery more stronger as casting vote means acceptance of Indian system”.

Terming the AFSPA revocation slogan by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah as a mere eyewash, the octogenarian leader said: “He (Omar) is making noise about revocation of AFSPA which is within the jurisdiction of New Delhi. If he is sincere in his efforts to revoke draconian laws let him revoke Public Safety Act (PSA) first which is within the jurisdiction of State. 

Rejecting the holding of dialogue with New Delhi before federal government accepts Hurriyat’s pre conditions, he said, “We have made it very clear that we are ready to hold dialogue with Delhi after it accepts our four points including accepting Kashmir as dispute, demilitarization, repeal of draconian laws and release of detainees”.

While replying to a query, he reiterated the demand that Amaranth Yatra should be managed by local Pandits rather than the Shrine Board.

Speaking about his house arrest, Hurriyat leader said, “They (Government) have received directions from the Home Ministry of India to make my movement confined to four walls. I don’t have faith on Indian judiciary as they also receive directions from the federal government about commissions and omission they have to follow.

Reacting to the statement of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah wherein he had said that Geelani’s liberty is a threat to the law and order, Geelani called the statements as lame excuses. Lashing out at state administration, Geelani said the Omar Abdullah led National Conference - Congress regime is afraid of Hurriyat. (CNS)

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