Stay Away From January 26 Functions: Geelani to Masses

SRINAGAR: Stressing students and parents to stay away from the January 26 functions, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said that India has no right to celebrate its “Republic day” as they have “occupied a state with its military might” and its presence has “tormented” all ethics.

Appealing the parents of students to not allow their children participate in the January 26 functions, the Hurriyat patriarch, in a statement issued here, appealed people to observe the day as a black day and boycott all celebrations and asserted that India claims to be a large democracy in world but virtually stands exposed in Jammu and Kashmir and is trampling all basic and fundamental rights since seven decades.

“We have no animosity with India or its people and they have every right to celebrate republic day within its states but despite their being rhetoric about democracy they have no ethical or constitutional right to celebrate this in Jammu and Kashmir as our democratic rights have been smashed and trampled,” Geelani said.

Geelani while referring to UN charter, said that they guarantee the basic and fundamental rights and this institution has obviously called to seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite & has asked to ascertain their wish with regards to political destiny of state and even India in its pledge has confirmed to honour and seek the people’s verdict through plebiscite. “Despite being signatory to these resolutions, India backtracked from its commitment and is not providing this opportunity to people of state. We oppose all these celebrations.”

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