'Kashmiris, Maoists have common cause'
GK NEWS NETWORK
Hyderbad, Apr 22: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday said that Maoists and Kashmiris have a common cause.
“Both of us want to end this imperialistic era. New Delhi is denying us our rights due to its military might. Despite our ideological differences we are with you. We support any struggle which is against injustice, imperialism and barbarism,” Geelani said while addressing in two day conference ‘Turn the prevailing economic crisis into revolutionary upsurge,” organized by Revolutionary Democratic front at Sundarayya Vignana Bhawan, Baghlingampalli Park, in Hyderabad.
However he maintained that people of Kashmir were not against the development of India. “Let it grow and develop. We are not against it. But it should be on the basis of justice. It should not develop at the cost of trampling the rights of millions of people,” said Geelani.
He lambasted the government for spending millions of rupees on millions without caring about 40 per cent of the people who are living Below Poverty Line.
“Our struggle is not against anyone and people from all the religions are like our brethren,” he said. “We are striving to seek Right to Self Determination in Jammu, Kashmir, Gilgit, Baltistan and other parts of J&K. Our demand is people of JK should be given a chance to decide their destiny.”
He said the microscopic population of India was vandalizing resources of India without giving a due share to the majority.
On the issue of Pakistan granting the status of Most Favored Nation to India Geelani said, “We are not against this, but they cannot afford to put Kashmir issue on the backburner.”
“Peace cannot prevail in the sub continent till Kashmir issue is resolved. We are not warmongers, but we will continue our struggle peacefully,” he added.
Referring to 1947, he said “At the time of partition, ruler of Hyderbad had decided to go with Pakistan, but India did not allow it on the basis that majority of population was Hindu, but in case of Kashmir, India claimed that Maharaja had acceded to India.”
Geelani also informed the gathering about various human rights violations which have taken place during in JK past 23 years.
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