People were misled by land-to-tiller reforms: Geelani

Wullar Kay Kinarey-II Released

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Oct 10: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Wednesday held people as well Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah equally responsible for ‘cementing New Delhi’s rule in Kashmir.’
“People got carried away with the land-to-tiller reforms. They thought that Sheikh Abdullah has done them a great favour, but actually he sold land as well as people to India,” Geelani said at the release function of the second part of his autobiography, ‘Wullar Key Kinarey’, at his residence here.
Geelani said that after the holy relic movement, the Action Committee should not have pressed for the release of Sheikh Abdullah but accomplishment of the actual goal. “Now the result is before us. There is military, cultural aggression, lakhs of people were killed, hundreds of women were raped, thousands were subjected to enforced disappearance.”
Warning the authorities of Kashmir University and Islamic University Awantipora to stay away from ‘propagating cultural aggression’ in their universities, Geelani said, “Cultural programmes are being organized day in and day out. We cannot tolerate this. The teachers should realize that they are Muslims.”
Praising the youth for ‘raising voice against such acts,’ Geelani said that young men are with the sentiment of Azadi, although they are not able to come on roads for fear of harassment.
Terming the recent visit of big guns of Indian industry to Kashmir as ‘replicating the designs of East India Company,’ Geelani said, “Tatas and Birlas are coming here with an agenda to facilitate New Delhi’s rule. They are trying to buy our businessmen, writers, media houses.”
He appealed the local businessmen to invest in the setting up of colleges and universities in Kashmir.
Showing concern on the selling of land to ‘outside companies,’ Geelani said, “We sold our land to Railways and performed Hajj on that money, constructed big houses without any concern for our future. Tomorrow if Bajrang Dal and other groups in Jammu block road to Kashmir, what will we do? We have to beg before them.”
Geelani also condemned the attack on 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yusufzai in Peshawar, Pakistan.
“Whatever the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is doing in the name of Islam is condemnable. This is totally un-Islamic. I will not hesitate to condemn them.” However he supported Afghan Taliban and said that they are fighting occupation.
Members of three families whose 19, eight and four members have been allegedly killed by Army, released the second part of Geelani’s autobiography on the occasion.
“I always wanted to reveal what went wrong after the Dogra regime ended. I wanted to tell who are responsible for New Delhi’s rule and who supported it,” Geelani said about the book.
General Secretary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, said, “It was my wish that Geelani Sahab should pen down the detailed account of all these years. We have been together for more than 54 years. We are still following those commitments which we made 54 years back. He never wastes time and utilizes it in best way.”
Columnist Hassan Zainageeri praised Geelani for writing the book without any prejudice.
“Geelani Sahab has challenged the accession to India even in Assembly. He once said in the Assembly that Indian secularism is the biggest fraud of 20th century. Later the record of that speech was erased on the directions of then Chief Minister Mir Qasim,” he said.
Professor of Law, Dr Sheikh Showkat Hussain, hailed Geelani for penning down both sides of the coin. “Geelani has written that once he had a strong argument with Sheikh Abdullah in Baramulla Board Meeting. Sheikh’s associates tried to manhandle Geelani, but Sheikh Sahab told them to maintain calm and allow Geelani to criticize him,” Hussain said, quoting an incident from the book.
Publisher of the book, Muhammad Afzal Lone, said Geelani’s autobiography was in high demand.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 10 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 11 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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