Hurriyat (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Sunday paid tributes to eight youth killed in Budgamlast year during the parliamentary by-election in Budgamon their first anniversary, saying “they are our heroes and their sacrifices serve as a mile stone and an inspiration for all”.
He said: “The eight youth namely, FaizanFayaz Dar, Abass Jahangir, Shabir Ahmad Bhat, Nisar Ahmad Mir, Akeel Ahmad Wani, AadilFarooq Sheikh, Aamir Ahmad Rather and Amir FarooqGanieconveyed a message that people will never surrender before all atrocities and excesses perpetrated by Indian forces and Delhi groomed henchmen.”
“On that day unprecedented poll boycott by people illustrated that India and its stooges have no right to rule the state and mission is yet to be accomplished,” Geelani said, adding: “India with its military might has ruled state and people time and again have rejected this forced rule.”
“It was the day when India and its stooges enacted a forced election drama, however it miserably failed.People were showered with bullets and pellets, killing many and injuring hundreds, however people braved all this and exposed the election drama,” Geelani said, adding: “We pay our heartfelt salute to these brave hearts, and we wholeheartedly extend our sympathies and condolences to their families.”
Syed Ali Geelanisaidinternational community should take cognizance of the situation in Kashmir and “to take necessary steps to halt bloodshed and check growing excesses against unarmed and peaceful civilians in Kashmir”.