Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani today said "the Indian people along with its armed forces were brothers of Kashmiris as per their faith but maintained that despite use of force, "they will never succeed in containing them and the ongoing struggle for right to self-determination will continue."
"In 2009 we started the campaign of demilitarization and in 2010 we intensified this campaign by a common and famous slogan 'Go India Go Back'. Masarat Aalam is still languishing in jail for actively participating and galvanizing this campaign. Today also very politely and humbly we request these armed forces that they failed to win our hearts for the last 70 long years and they will never be able to do so in future as well," Geelani according to party statement said before he was arrested while leaving for Badami Bagh Cantonment to deliver a letter asking the army to vacate from Jammu and Kashmir.
"Our basic right, the right to self-determination, has been promised by none other than the first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru not only in Indian Parliament in 1952, but in Kashmir's historical Lal Chowk in front of lakhs of people. He at that time said this is a commitment not only with Kashmiris but to the whole world that India will allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to decide their future on their own as they (Indians) don't believe in forced marriages," a spokesman of the Hurriyat , in a statement today, quoting Geelani.
"We want to convey this clear message to the armed forces that they will be tired of killing and maiming us, will exhaust all their ammunition to curb us but they will never ever succeed in containing us. This is ironical that they have made our whole population a testing lab for their arsenal and despite the clear writing on wall they continue to remain in a denial mode. Whatever the circumstances, our struggle will continue," Geelani said.
Strongly condemning the arrest of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Geelani said, "These cowardly and childish moves indicate the frustration and mental bankruptcy of the Indian as well as local administration, but they cannot deter us by these foolish acts." He also condemned arrest of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader and his personnel secretary Peer Saifullah while he was returning from a medical checkup in New Delhi.
"Peer Saifullah, who is lodged in Humhama police station, is a brain tumour patient. He had developed a severe pain in his head and was advised by doctors to visit Delhi," Geelani said, adding that "If there is any problem to the health of Saifullah Sahab and his condition deteriorates government will be itself responsible for the consequences."