‘Kashmiri freedom movement indigenous, 2016 uprising spontaneous’
Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani suspended from basic membership of the resistance grouping one of its constituent parties, National Front, whose chairman Nayeem Ahmad Khan is at the centre of a TV “sting operation” claiming that a few resistance leaders admitted to receiving funds from Pakistan.
The National Front has been suspended from both Kashmir and “Azad Kashmir” chapters of the largest resistance conglomerate with immediate effect, a Hurriyat (G) statement said.
Khan and the other constituent members of the Hurriyat (G)’s Executive Body had been called to Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora so that he could explain his position but the police did not let the meeting happen.
Geelani said that though Khan questioned the veracity of the sting at a press conference, his membership will remain suspended till a clarification comes to the fore.
“It is my moral duty and as a supreme head of forum I am obliged to fulfill the assigned duties,” Geelani said.
“However it is my duty to make my nation aware of the fact that the Indian media is biased and untrustworthy. They are working for Indian agencies and as mouthpiece for fanatical forces.”
He said the reporting by the Indian media was partial and biased.
“They are promoting a colonial mindset and are hell bent on bringing bad name to the leadership and defaming the freedom struggle. Indian media are relying on lies and concocted and sensational stories about money transactions are being telecast,” said Geelani.
Geelani said the aim of this “baseless” reportage is to mislead the international community and drag Pakistan into their “frivolous game”.
“No doubt Pakistan is a prime party to the issue and supports us on political and moral grounds, it is not possible for India to implicate us as ours is an indigenous movement and damaging propaganda won’t have any adverse effect over its credibility,” said Geelani, who had been confined to his house by the police for the past more than four years.
Geelani said last year’s uprising was neither planned nor instigated by Pakistan but a “spontaneous reaction from people after the martyrdom of commander Burhan”.
“During the five-month-long uprising, people braved pellets and bullets. They were massacred and even scores of youth sacrificed their eyesight. Our people are not doing all this just for fun but it is a sacred sentiment and passion that people follow,” he said.
Blaming New Delhi for continuous “bloodshed,” Geelani said that “their stubborn attitude is the root cause for the prevailing mayhem.”
“We need resources to combat India’s military might and mostly we raise all funds from local sources to pursue our movement,” he said.
Referring to his organization Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, he said that it is strong and cadre-based party.
“People with a generous heart help us by every possible means and during Ramadan people offer donations. We are self-sufficient and as such our movement is indigenous,” he said.