Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who has been under house-arrest at his Srinagar residence for better part of the past eight years, travelled to his native place Sopore on Thursday to condole with his daughter whose husband Ghulam Hassan Makhdoomi passed away on Tuesday.
On his arrival in Dooru area of Sopore, Geelani was received by hundreds of supporters.
Addressing mourners, Geelani reiterated his demand for the right to self-determination.
He said the people of Kashmir have been sacrificing their lives for the resolution of Kashmir issue, and its resolution is the referendum promised by Indian leaders.
"The people have been facing the worst oppression by Indian forces since 1947…India and Pakistan came into existence on the basis of two nation theory, according to which the people of Jammu and Kashmir had to choose one of the two. However, India sent its forces and illegally held the state of Jammu and Kashmir," Geelani said.
"In 1947 around 5 lakh Muslims of Jammu were slaughtered, while in Kashmir over one lakh people have given their lives for the just cause of self-determination and to end the illegal control. They thread of sacrifices has not broken and will continue till final goal is achieved," said Geelani.
He said hundreds of people are languishing in various jails and are being targeted for their political aspirations.
He said Hurriyat leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Naeem Khan, Ghulam Muhammad Dar and Asiya Andrabi are languishing in jails.
"Asiya Andrabi is being held without a trial, which shows Indian cruelty against pro-freedom leaders," said Geelani.
The ailing leader said he has been confined to the four walls of his house since 2010. A contingent of police and CRPF is stationed outside the residence.
"My residence has actually been changed into a prison where every visitor is frisked and searched so minutely that people including our relatives are reluctant to visit us," a statement issued by the Hurriyat (G) said.
"Deliberating on the prevailing situation in the Valley, he said that our pious and sacred movement demands utmost unity, dedication and sincerity as a nation and we cannot afford to compromise with the holy blood of our martyrs for petty personal gains," the statement reads.
"He said that Indian denial has consumed our three generations and is threatening the global peace and stability with its arrogant attitude," it reads.
The statement adds: "Requesting the youth to abstain from immoral and unsocial activities, Geelani sahab said that our resourceful and hypocritical enemy's strategy is to destroy and cripple us and appealed the young generation to abide by Islamic teachings and get to nerves of the oppressor so that it never succeeds in its nefarious designs (sic)." The statement said Geelani and other leaders were bid goodbye with pro-Azadi and pro-Islam slogans.