Eesa was close to me: Geelani ‘He was very thoughtful about prevailing situation’

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday said that the slain militant Eesa Fazli was close to him and a “passionate warrior”.

“His commitment with freedom mission was exemplary and served as moral precedence. He was very thoughtful about the prevailing situation and commitment with his mission was praiseworthy,” Geelani said while addressing a gathering of mourners at his home over telephone.

Eesa, Geelani said, was very close to him and a passionate warrior, who often visited his residence.
Recalling his meetings with the militant, Hurriyat (G) chairman said that he often discussed the “post Burhan scenario and continuous blood-shed, plight of pellet victims, ransacking of properties, detention of youth in torture centers and excesses perpetrated by forces.”

“This proved a turning point for him and he joined resistance movement and embraced martyrdom,” added Geelani.
Paying tributes to Eesa, Owais Shafi and other militant killed in Hakoora gunfight, Geelani said that youth lay their lives to end the “age-old slavery of their nation,” and put huge responsibility on shoulders of leadership and people to honour their sacrifices and take “mission to its logical end”.

He said that these “martyrs are alive. And do not think of those killed in Allah’s path as dead: indeed, they are alive and receive their sustenance from their Lord. They rejoice in the bounty provided by Allah”.

“We are duty bound to disassociate from those who since past seven decades are involved in genocide. We should boycott these chameleons and turn coats, as they for the lust of power are bartering the blood of our budding youth,” Geelani said.

Commenting over the prevailing situation, which he described to be appalling, Geelani said that authorities in New Delhi are desperate to enforce their will and weaken “just and genuine freedom movement. “As such we have to be cautious, remain united and adopt the spirit of persistence in pursuit of cherished goal.”