Terming the Kashmir issue as a globally accepted dispute, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday said, "the right to self-determination of the people of Kashmir is not only acknowledged but also confirmed by the world community in more than a dozen resolutions."
Chairing a meeting of the Hurriyat (G) Majlis-e-Shoora at his Haiderpora residence here Geelani said that "the persistent denial of our basic rights has turned this beautiful piece of land into a hell where every day killings, crackdowns, arrests, nocturnal raids and bulldozing residences have become a routine. People have been forced to live a harassed and threatened life with continuous psychological stress."
Geelani said, "People are left at the mercy of forces, with vast and widespread intelligence network, who continuously peep into their private affairs without any moral or ethical ground. The common people especially pro-freedom political workers are slapped with numberless PSAs and even the release orders from their own judicial houses are not honoured."
Geelani said, "The nation in general and youth in particular should strengthen bond with our faith and seek guidance from Allah Almighty, be united and steadfast on achieving our goal and we will Inshah Allah get rid of this forced control."
Reiterating his appeal for election boycott, Geelani said, "Those elected by our votes in the name of basic needs like sadak, bijli and pani add to our miseries. How can a conscious nation authorize anybody for his death and destruction, killing and maiming?"
"Meanwhile, the members at the meeting termed Kashmir issue as a long pending political and humanitarian issue to be settled by exercising free and fair plebiscite," a spokesman of the amalgam said in a statement.
"The members, while hailing the statement of British Parliamentarian to help solve the Kashmir issue if voted to power, said this once again vindicates Hurriyat's stand and proves beyond doubt the disputed nature of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which Delhi shamelessly continues to deny for the last 7 decades," the spokesman said.