GOI Mulls Ban on Hurriyat: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar: Moderate Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday said Government of India was chalking out a plan to ban Hurriyat Conference and that is why Indian media was spewing venom against pro-freedom leadership.

Mirwaiz said that ongoing ‘freedom struggle’ in Kashmir was peoples movement and Hurriyat represents peoples aspirations and sentiments. 

Mirwaiz claimed in an interview that New Delhi was hell-bent on maligning the image of Hurriyat leadership and for this purpose the services of print and electronic media and other organizations were being availed. “India is chalking out a plan to ban Hurriyat and that is why Indian media is spewing venom against pro-freedom leadership,” he said and lauded the role of student community and common masses for being firm and resilient against what he described as ‘Indian brutalities’.

Expressing gratitude to people and Hurriyat leadership particularly Syed Ali Geelani and late Abdul Ghani Lone for supporting and encouraging him, Mirwaiz Dr Umar Farooq while reviving the memories of the past said he was just 16 when old Srinagar city roads were painted red on May 21, 1990 after the assassination of his father.

“I was just 16 and had passed my Class 10th examination when on that fateful day, I not only lost my father but also innocent people were butchered by government forces. I had in fact obtained an Engineering form and was keen to become an Engineer. Everything changed after that fateful day, but still I thank people and the pro-freedom leadership particularly Geelani and Lone sahib for encouraging and reposing trust in me,” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq told news agency CNS adding that May 21 in Kashmir history though brings grim pictures of past yet it strengthens our resolve to stand firm for Kashmir Cause.

 “With the active and sincere support from people and leadership, I was able to complete my education and perform religious duties as Mirwaiz. The foundation of Hurriyat Conference in 1993 was the biggest moment for me. All the pro-freedom leaders including Geelani and Lone Sahab and others converged at the same platform. The way they treated and supported me, boosted my morale,” he said.

While paying rich tributes to Shaheed-e-Milat Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Abdul Gani Lone, Mirwiaz said that Lone Sahab was a towering personality who renounced Indian politics and vehemently supported freedom struggle. “Abdul Gani Lone laid his life for this sacred cause,” he said and added that May 21 is a reminder to people of Kashmir that leadership has also made great sacrifices for this oppressed nation.

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