Geelani felicitates Pakistan on Independence Day

 All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani has extended his heartiest felicitations to the people and the government of Pakistan on their Independence Day.

In a statement issued to GNS, Geelani said, “Kashmiri nation is highly grateful to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan for extending its wholehearted moral, political and diplomatic support to our just cause and struggle since 1947. We pray to Almighty Allah for peace, strength, stability, progress and prosperity of Pakistan for a strong and stable Pakistan is very important for the resolution of Kashmir issue.”

He expressed hope that the new government in waiting under the leadership of Imran Khan shall leave no stone unturned to safeguard the rights of minorities in Pakistan. The Hurriyat leader also pinned hope in Imran Khan to try his level best to make sincere efforts for installation of an ideal government like the state of Madina based on equality and justice for all.

Meanwhile, appealing people to observe August 15 as “Black Day”, a spokesperson of APHC (G) clarified that “in principle, we are not against rejoicing Independence Day of any country”.

“It is irony of the fate that a country like India celebrates its Independence Day at the cost of grabbing the same opportunity of a small people like Jammu and Kashmir by using its military might and political deceits,” he said.

The amalgam condemned the arrest spree against its political leaders and activists including Mohammad Yasin Aataie, Syed Imtiyaz Haider, Shakeel Ahmad Bhat, Mohammad Maqbool Ganie, Sofi Ghulam Mohammad, Bashir Ahmad Choone, Mohammad Yousuf Ganie, Shakeel Ahmad Hayatpora, Fayaz Ahmad Yatoo, Gh. Rasool Kar, Mohammad Sultan Bangroo, Haji Gh. Hassan Bhat and Ishfaq Ahmad Khan, the statement said.

The spokesperson also condemned the nocturnal raids on the residence of Mohammad Rafiq Ganaie, general secretary of Muslim League and “intimidating” his family. (GNS)

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