‘Free’ Geelani Launches Poll Boycott Campaign

Participation in polls means betrayal with the movement: Geelani

‘Sheikh responsible for Kashmir mess; Mufti trying to hoodwink people’

SRINAGAR: Blaming the mainstream political parties for the “prevailing mess” in Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday said that these parties were power hungry and   for the lust of power, they have even sold forest, power and water resources of the state to government of India. 

“The political mainstream of Jammu and Kashmir have always been brokers of our natural resources especially our precious water resources for their own chair. They have sold our natural resources to government of India in lieu of their positions,” the Hurriyat (G) chairman told a massive public rally in Sopore, first after he was released from his months of house confinement early this week.

Geelani reiterated call for boycott of the Parliament and Assembly polls scheduled for next year saying turn-out in these elections is used by Delhi as a propaganda tool.

Earlier Geelani reached Sopore to a warm welcome. His visit came after three years since his brother passed away in 2011. “A conspiracy was hatched to sabotage my rally in 2011 when an Indian ‘prince’ was ostensibly arrested by police along with a pistol. He was however freed. But this all was done to sabotage my visit to Sopore.”   

After his post Friday prayer address at Iqbal Market Sopore, Geelani visited the Doabgah residence of Afzal Guru, the parliament attack convict who was hanged in New Delhi last year,  to express condolences to the bereaved family.

He was accompanied by Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie, his close aide and confidant. 

Reports said Police tried to foil Geelani’s march from Sopore to Doabgah, after some people pelted stones on a nearby police vehicle. The police used tear smoke shells and batons to disperse the people raising pro-freedom slogans but the march towards Doabgah continued.

Interestingly, after reaching the residence of Guru, Geelani condemned the stone pelting incident during his rally. “These incidents are a handiwork of agencies as they want to sabotage our movement. Those indulging in stone pelting can never be supporters of our movement but these elements want to malign and portray this movement in a wrong way,” Geelani observed.

He said discipline is the essence of any movement and without discipline no movement can reach to its logical conclusion.  

The senior separatist leader alleged that over 26000 Village Defense Committee members were the members of RSS and BJP and they have been appointed under a ‘well knit plan’.  

Geelani observed that Autonomy, Self Rule or any other formula proposed by the mainstream political spectrum will not be acceptable to the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah is responsible for the mess witnessed by Kashmir since 1947. He gave thousands of kanals land to army to settle in Kashmir. This is how India occupied our territory and is suppressing and oppressing our people with its arrogant force,” he added.

The senior separatist leader condemned the lease agreements with army at various places in Valley. “It is the Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah who gave hundreds of Kanals of land to army in Tosamaidain on lease. Similarly land was given to army at various places by National Conference including at Shopian.”

Geelani ridiculed the speculations that his house confinement was over under a plan to favour some particular political party. He said that for him all the mainstream political parties, including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Congress and the so called ‘Third Front’ were equally to be blamed for being, “collaborators” of India for its ‘continuous occupation of Jammu and Kashmir’.   

He ridiculed Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s claim that if PDP is given 40 seats in the state, it will resolve the Kashmir issue. Geelani said that it is beyond the jurisdiction of Mufti Mohammad Sayeed to resolve the Kashmir issue and making such claims were just to hoodwink the people.

Geelani said unfortunately the United Nations has also failed in its responsibility in facilitating a peaceful resolution of Jammu and Kashmir under the guidelines of its own resolutions adopted from time to time. “The UNO and other international bodies want to keep India in a good humor and that is why they have sofar failed to resolve this vexed issue. But come what may our struggle will continue till its logical conclusion which is based on right to self determination,” Geelani stressed.

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