Struggle will continue till freedom: Geelani
Srinagar, June 30: Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Thursday said the ongoing freedom struggle would continue even if New Delhi doubled its military deployment in the State.
“Instead of 7.5 lakh, if Government of India deploys 15 lakh armed forces in Kashmir, the people will still continue their struggle for freedom. If we do not achieve freedom today, our coming generations will certainly take forward this struggle to its logical end,” said Geelani, while addressing a public meeting at Sopore in north Kashmir where, according Hurriyat statement, people were protesting against the ‘custodial’ killing of a youth. He also visited several areas in Sopore including Kralateng, Batapora, Naseem Bagh, and Badam Bagh.
Condemning the police ‘atrocities’ on people, Geelani said, “These forces are at war against people to get promotions and medals. These policemen do not understand that their children and other relatives are a part of this society.”
Geelani said the Sopore town had its own history. “Its people have fought against autocratic rule and are playing a vital role in the ongoing freedom struggle. As a result, they have always been made target,” he said.
Reiterating his demand for demilitarization, Geelani said, “We do not want to separate a genuine part of India from it. We are fighting for our struggle as Indian fought for their freedom from Britishers.” He said the Kashmiris were not struggling for change of hands but for complete freedom and change of system. “We are fighting on two big fronts: one against India and another against cultural aggression which is tougher than the first. India wants to forcibly impose on us its culture to change our minds so that we become dissociated with the freedom struggle. This is why the government is promoting obscenity, debauchery, immorality and use of alcohol and narcotic drugs. This all is going on under the patronage of rulers,” he said, urging the Imams of Masajid to educate people against all these conspiracies. He also stressed for formation of Mohalla committees to dissuade youth from indulging in immoral practices and obscenity. He has also urged the parents to dissuade their daughters from using mobile phones.
Meanwhile, Geelani has asked OIC to make resolution of Kashmir centre to its relations with India. “I humbly request all the member countries of OIC more particularly Saudi Arabia, Iran and Egypt to make resolution of Kashmir as an important determinant and guiding principle in their relations with India,” Geelani said in a statement which was read out and distributed at the OIC Conference at Kazakhstan.
Geelani expressed gratitude to the group for taking special interest in the resolution of Kashmir issue.
“The people of this land are indebted to the OIC for having granted observer’s status to Jammu and Kashmir, for appointing a special envoy for Kashmir and a contact group and raising issue of human rights violation in Jammu and Kashmir in every forum and for religiously adopting every year a resolution in the annual meetings supporting the just cause of 15 million people,” he said
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