Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today paid rich tributes to militant Basit Rasool who was slain today in an encounter at Bijbehara in south Kashmir.
"Our highly qualified youth prefer to join the freedom struggle instead of their luxurious and comfortable life. It is a slap on those who weigh these unparallel sacrifices in terms of roads, buildings, bridges and other developmental assets," a spokesman of the Hurriyat, in a statement today, quoted Geelani as saying while telephonically addressing a large gathering participating in the funeral procession of the slain youth.
"Our vote or support is strengthening and hardening the pro-India politicians' iron hands to punch us even harder and trade our blood and flesh for their own luxuries. These agents of our destruction shamelessly crush not only our basic rights but our honour, chastity and dignity, as well and it is our collective responsibility to desist from any electoral processes whether panchayats, assemblies or parliamentary, as our participation credits their brutality and power and unless we get rid of these local faces of the mighty and forced oppression, we can't do justice to our sacred mission," Geelani said, adding that "We should abstain from any covert or overt action which is aimed to malign the blood of our martyrs."
Meanwhile, Geelani has strongly condemned the arrest of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) district president Muhamad Yousuf Falahi.