Srinagar, Nov 9: Amending the conglomerate's protest calendar, the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani called off the shutdown calls on November 13 and 15 in view of Eid-ul-Azha.
However, Geelani urged the people to observe a complete shutdown on November 20. "We are forced to give shutdown calls to highlight our plight at the hands of Indian troopers who are leaving no stone unturned to suppress our ongoing movement,"
Geelani welcomed the suggestions from the people to carry the movement forward. "We will try to give a serious thought to the suggestions and incorporate it in our future strategies," he said.
Withdrawing the shutdown call for November 13, Geelani paid rich tributes to the Amir-e-Kabir Shah-e-Hamdan (RA).
Geelani said the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris during the past five months have shaken the world and put India under pressure to resolve the dispute. "India has no option but to accept the reality that Kashmir is a dispute. It is high time for India to accept the conglomerate's five proposals," he maintained.
DECRIES LEADERS' DETENTION
Meanwhile, according to a Hurriyat (G) spokesman, Geelani said the continued detention of pro-freedom political leaders had not only made ridiculous the government claim about its political process but also rendered meaningless the appointment of interlocutors.
Geelani claimed that the government was 'heaping insult' on its own laws by pursuing a dilly-dallying policy in the release of Kashmiri detainees.
Expressing serious concern over the continued detention and falling health of Hurriyat senior leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai, Geelani said; "Despite suffering from various ailments Sehrai continues to be in detention. New Delhi and its agents in the state are making him the target of their vengeance."
Geelani alleged that Indian rulers' intentions were not sincere and they were staging the drama of talks to hoodwink the world community and their own people. "Had they been sincere, they would have released all the detainees including Sehrai, other political leaders and students. There is no reason and justification in keeping them behind the bars," he said.
Geelani expressed profound grief and sorrow over the road accident at Nagabal, Shopian, in south Kashmir. He prayed for the deceased and expressed sympathies with their families.
Geelani said the accident had happened at a place which was far away from the stone pelting spot. "Peoples' reaction to this accident was natural but some agents tried to take undue advantage of it and managed to provide audience to Indian agents. It is regrettable for the people who gave audience to those who are hostile to the Kashmiris' national interest," he said, adding that the so-called peace rally at Lal Chowk on November 7, was organized and led by Ikhwanis and Nawbadis.