Last year’s uprising was people’s referendum: Geelani

Stating that uprising in Kashmir last year was referendum by people, the Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, Thursday accused New Delhi of what he termed as “trampling” the basic rights of people of Kashmir since last 70 years.
Last year’s uprising was people’s referendum: Geelani

Stating that uprising in Kashmir last year was referendum by people, the Chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, Thursday accused New Delhi of what he termed as "trampling" the basic rights of people of Kashmir since last 70 years.

In a statement, Geelani thanked people of the state for observing shutdown on  January 26 saying "it has proved beyond any doubt that people in state have nothing to do and are not interested with this and they are all out against this forced control." 

Referring to Governor's address, Geelani said that "it depicts their age-old obstinate and egoistic attitude and better for them is to understand the message carried and conveyed by people's uprising in year 2016."

"It is futile to cover facts. I declare last year's uprising as referendum by people. There is no reason to turn blind eye to this fact. Instead of taking note of the aspirations of people, the rulers resorted to brute force and with its military might are desperate to silence the genuine voices," he said. 

Elaborating on the Governor's address, Geelani said "we resent and express our feelings through peaceful means and we are not craving for shutdown calls or protesting on streets."

"It is natural discourse and we will continue our fight and show our resentment till the last solider leaves our state. Governor's address was nothing but jugglery of words. It is their routine exercise, yet carries nothing except arrogance," he said. 

Referring to New Delhi's "inflexible stance", he said that "natural law exists there and it is expected that the harsh approach of India will lead it to astray."

Meanwhile, Geelani paid glowing tributes to martyrs of Kupwara massacres on their 23rd anniversary.

"Nation will never forget the martyrs of these heart-wrenching massacres. They are our heroes and we are committed to fulfill their mission. 

I demand impartial investigation into these massacres so that the involved persons are held strictly accountable and said that armed forces are involved in serious war crimes and unless those accused are brought to book these gruesome events will continue to occur,"  he said. 

"The killers are roaming free and those involved were not prosecuted nor the incident was investigated by any independent agency. They are roaming free and assassins were accorded with medals and elevated to higher posts," he said. 

Expressing his solidarity and sympathy with the families of victims, he said that "the blood of these martyrs will not be allowed go waste."

"We stand with these families and will strive till the mission of martyrs is accomplished," he said. 

Acknowledging the commitment of people of Kupwara, Geelani  that "we pay our salute to them as they are front runners for ongoing movement. 

We appreciate their sacrifices and commitment and we know that the district is strictly under continuous vigil of countless armed men but despite all this their exemplary valour is praiseworthy and laudable."

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