‘Take Lessons From Predecessors And Honour Peoples Aspirations’

SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference chairperson, Syed Ali Geelani, on Saturday termed the statement of Indian army chief as “nothing but power of arrogance”.

Geelani was reacting to Gen Bipin Rawat’s statement that “freedom of Jammu and Kashmir is inconceivable and called for dealing harshly with people protesting during operations against Kashmiri freedom-fighters”.

“It illustrates their tyrannical mindset,” Hurriyat patriarch Geelani said in a statement. “It proved that India is an autocratic state that believes in its military might and is desperate to suppress the freedom sentiments of people in state.”

Terming the approach of Indian leaders “unrealistic”, Geelani said, “their shrewd policies have never helped in past nor it will deliver any good in future. The people are striving for freedom and pursuing their right to self-determination. They are not thoughtless instead people believing in military might and those who believe that they can deter us from our mission are living in fool’s paradise.”

The octogenarian Hurriyat Conference chief, the statement added, suggested army chief to “learn a lesson from his predecessors”.

“They have admitted that Jammu & Kashmir is a political issue and denied it being a law and order problem,” Geelani said referring to the statement of ex-army commander, General (R) DS Huda who commanded Indian army’s Northern command up till his superannuation.

“During his tenure,” Geelani said of Gen Hooda, “and after his superannuation, (he) admitted that Kashmir is political issue and rejected the idea of using harsh measures for its resolution.”

Further, Geelani said, “it is simply a routine practice to appease their top political stalwarts as he was promoted out of turn. Kashmir is not a law and order problem and nor it can be resolved through military might.”

“We are striving for its resolution for last seventy years and world community acknowledges its historical background. Three full-fledged wars between two countries were fought,” said ailing Geelani who continues to be under house arrest. “And even now people in South Asia are facing harsh difficulties because of this burning issue. The stubborn approach of Indian authorities is creating hurdles in its peaceful resolution.”

“Those serving armies come from poor families to earn their livelihood however authorities in Delhi and General Rawat like officers use them as a fodder to serve their political interests,” he added suggesting “General Rawat and his masters to accept ground realities, honour people’s aspirations”.

The statement said that Geelani asked (India) to “shun its colonial and autocratic approach and said that it will pave way for peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue”.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat Conference strongly condemned the use of brute force against peaceful protestors in Press Colony Srinagar and said that even the women participants were “subjected to harsh treatment and humiliation”.

“Use of excessive and unprecedented force is highly condemnable and there is no justification for this lawlessness,” said the Hurriyat Conference (G) in a statement.

“Some police officers are resorting to this type of highhandedness and bullying just for securing awards and rewards,” the statement added, “it was a peaceful sit in protest   to express solidarity and raise voice for their release.”

“There were no apprehensions about law and order nor it created any problem for road traffic,” it said.

“However, a police officer deliberately created nuisance and arrested many leaders and humiliated women participants. They said that it is highly deplorable that Hurriyat Conference leader, Zamrooda Habib, was manhandled and humiliated by said police officer,” the statement concluded.

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