Geelani, Mirwaiz denounce curbs
Separatists Under House Arrest
Srinagar, July 13: Entire separatist leadership including chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference were put under house arrest on Wednesday to foil their march towards Mazar-e-Shuhda at Naqashband Sahab here.
While Geelani was scheduled to lead the march from martyrs’ graveyard at Eidgah to Naqashband Sahab, Mirwaiz had called for similar march from Jamia Masjid.
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani remained under house arrest for the third consecutive day Wednesday.
Talking to Greater Kashmir, Geelani said New Delhi and its stooges have openly accepted their defeat by imposing curfew and strict curbs on the movement of the leadership.
Expressing gratitude to the people for observing complete shutdown, Geelani said the devotion demonstrated by the nation today with the mission of martyrs proves that New Delhi has failed to crush the movement despite using varied tactics.
“The soul of the martyrs is offended by the visit of mainstream politicians to their graves as they (mainstream) have sold their blood for power,” he said.
Geelani said government has acknowledged that Hurriyat Conference represents the sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris by imposing curbs today.
“They (government) knew that had they allowed the people to come out, the streets of Srinagar would have reverberated with pro-freedom,” he said.
Castigating mainstream parties, the pro-freedom leader said it is surprising that “those who are killing and imprisoning Kashmiris are visiting martyrs’ graveyard to pay tributes”.
“These people committed treason with the blood of martyrs in 1938 by turning purely Muslim movement into a secular and irreligious one,” he said, adding these vested interests could have rectified their mistake in 1947. “But instead they pushed the Kashmiri nation into the lap of slavery for their own vested interests,” he said.
Without naming National Conference, Geelani further said that in 1975 not only they buried Plebiscite Front for power “but also established dynastic rule and waged a war against the pro-freedom activists”.
Geelani said during the past 20 years especially in 2008 and 2010, India had no alternative than to leave Kashmir, “but NC and other mainstream parties played role in fritting away the chance,” he added.
The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was also remained under house arrest for the second consecutive day today to prevent him from marching towards Naqashband Sahab.
“It is unfortunate that those who sold sacred blood of martyrs for power and packages today under shelter of police and forces visited martyrs’ graveyard, but real custodians of martyrs, who are sacrificing their lives to nurture their mission, were stopped from paying tributes to them,” Mirwaiz told Greater Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said “on one hand government doesn’t stop harping that martyrs laid their lives to promote democracy, but on other these so-called champions of democracy trampled democracy by their imperialistic and non-democratic acts”.
Flaying the state government for scuttling program of the amalgam, Mirwaiz said, “By putting separatists under house detention, imposing curbs on movement and curfew and restrictions across the nook and corner of Valley, the government has accepted defeat.”
Urging New Delhi to shun ostrich-like policy and accept the ground realities, Mirwaiz said they should act on the proposal of the Hurriyat (M) for creating conducive atmosphere here.
The senior separatist leaders Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Aga Syed Hassan and Mukthar Ahmed Waza continued to remain under house arrest for the second day.
Meanwhile, senior separatist leaders Shabir Ahmed Shah and Javaid Ahmed Mir, senior vice chairman of JKLF (R), were detained when they tried to take out procession this morning. Both were later lodged at Saddar police station.
Lastupdate on : Wed, 13 Jul 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 13 Jul 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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