‘Azadi’ not only our dream but a passion: Geelani to Governor

Srinagar, Feb 1: (GNS)Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Friday termed the Governor S P Malik’s remarks on Hurriyat and armed youth as “hypocrisy and arrogance”.

“It is surprising and ridiculous that a person ‘alien’ on this soil, hailing from a place thousands of miles away, threatens the permanent and legal residents of this land, to flee from here. This is the outcome of the sick and biased mindset every oppressor genetically poses,” Geelani said in a statement issued to GNS.

He said Governor’s power “intoxicates him to the false and baseless belief that might and force authorize him every liberty to humiliate the masses.”

“The governor should at least have a general understanding and basic knowledge that a qualified and conscious youth can hardly fall prey to the exploitation of any religious cleric, a priest or a political figure. Worldly luxuries its glamour can’t convince him to opt for an extreme step,” he said.

“Had the Indian rulers and their proxies sincerely tried to dig a little deep in the situation, without using the prism of ultra-nationalism or fascist religious colour, they would have come across that fundamental and basic reason for the chaotic scenario. Azadi is not only our dream, but a passion, a purpose and a much-cherished destiny, nourished by the blood, honour, life and livelihood of this ill-fated nation and if Governor finds it hard to get to the mathematics of it, he better go to the pages of history or enquire from his predecessor when they themselves were fighting oppression.”

The pro-freedom leader said that governor should not indulge himself in the “Janat discussion” as “our paradise piece of land is turned into a hell by the inhuman and brute policies of Delhi.”


Referring to the “army help” in 2014 floods, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that every Kashmiri knows to the core of their heart what help Governor’s “disciplined, accountable and human armed forces rendered to the victims”.

It was inspirational and dedicated youth who without proper equipment and resources rescued sufferers irrespective of their ethnic and linguistic affiliation, he said.

Meanwhile, Geelani while paying tributes to slain armed youth in Drabgam Pulwama encounter reiterated that the youth of Kashmir were forced to opt for gun “as a reaction to the Indian military and forcible occupation of the state”.

Terming Kashmir as a bone of contention between the two nuclear powers of the subcontinent, Geelani regretted that the “stubborn attitude” of India regarding this globally accepted political dispute and dealing with it only militarily has created death and destruction in the whole state and threatening even the idea of peace and stability of the region.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) leaders and activists held peaceful protests after congregational Friday prayers in Hyderpora about the prolonged detention of Kashmiri prisoners in and outside the state.

Meanwhile, Geelani has expressed grief over the demise of mother of Shabir Ahmad Zargar of Soura. He prayed for the eternal peace and courage to the bereaved family to bear the irreparable loss. (GNS)

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