Srinagar, Oct 9: Reacting to the Finance Minister P Chidambaram's statement that only a small section of people were talking about freedom in Kashmir and that there was no resonance for it among the people, the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday said let the government lift restrictions on the political activities of pro-freedom leaders and see how people in lakhs would come on streets like 2008 and 2010 against New Delhi's control of the state.
"The New Delhi is stifling the voice of people by dint of its military might. Over seven lakh armed forces besides state police have been given a freehand under the cover of draconian laws like AFSPA and PSA to use brute force and indulge in human rights violations to gag their voice. Even minors and students are not spared. They are arrested, booked under PSA and sent to jails for years together besides being subjected to severe physical and mental torture," said Geelani in a statement.
"The Indian Finance Minister P Chidambaram himself knows there is graveyard like silence in Kashmir due to presence of gun toting forces."
Geelani said Chidambaram's statement was aimed at misleading international community and the people of India.
Geelani also reacted sharply to the justification put forth by the state home department in the assembly for sealing the house of Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori. He said Sopori had disposed of his whole property in Sopore and constructed his two rooms on three marlas of land at Chanapora here. "This house has nothing to do with hawala money," he said.