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It’s negative thinking: Geelani

Srinagar, Apr 11: Commenting on chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad’s remarks about local media, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman on Friday termed the remarks as ‘unrealistic’ and his thinking ‘negative.’
 The chief minister Ghulam Nabi Azad had yesterday said ‘pen-wielding supporters of some leaders wanted that the atmosphere of violence and killings should continue in Jammu and Kashmir so that they could grind their own axe.’ He had also termed the journalists as “one of the biggest dangers facing Kashmir.”
 “I am not a counsel for media men. They know how to plead and clarify their position. But the fact remains that they are a part and parcel of our society and nation. They mirror the conditions prevailing in the state in an objective way. They report what they see with their eyes and hear with their ears. They are witness to the atrocities being committed on the people,” said Geelani while addressing a public meeting at Hajan Chowk in district Bandipore in north Kashmir.
 Geelani said Azad had a hell of misunderstanding about himself. “He looks upon himself as the most honest man while when compared to pro-movement people he stands nowhere,” he said.
 “Azad has negative thinking. People of Jammu Kashmir are not bereft of self-esteem that they will make a sell-out of their martyrs for so-called developmental works.”
 Geelani said India was not doing any favour to Kashmiris by constructing some roads and lanes or by providing electricity because, “they do it in lieu of taxes being paid by our people and our resources being looted by them.” 
 Regarding Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and his daughter Mehbooba Mufti, Geelani said the duo was trying to ‘mislead’ people of Kashmir by allegedly posing they had the support of militants. “They had tried this propaganda in 1993 elections to achieve the seat of power,” he said.
 Appealing people for complete boycott of coming assembly polls, Geelani said, “Those involved in sex scandals cannot be peoples’ representatives. Those who support such evil doers are slur on the face of Muslim society.”
 Geelani alleged that India had backed out of the promise with the people of Kashmir on latter’s right of self-determination. He said peace would be far-fetched dream in subcontinent until the Kashmir issue was resolved through implementation of UN Resolutions calling for holding plebiscite to allow Kashmiris to decide on their political future.
 Prior to addressing the public meeting, Geelani delivered a sermon at Central Jamia Masjid Hajan. After offering Friday prayers, thousands of people took Geelani in a procession to Hajan Chowk where he delivered a address. The people raised pro-freedom and pro-Geelani slogans.