Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Monday expressed shock and grief over reports about the number of militant causalities during current year, saying “it is a big loss and a national tragedy”.
While referring to the reports, Geelani in a statement said: “Authorities admit and it is synonymous to the fact that they are ruling through their military might and people while resisting unconstitutional and illegal rule, have since past 71 years presented more than 6 lakh souls.”
“India has waged war on innocent civilians,” said Geelani and while referring to the instrument of accession, endorsed by then Maharaja, added that “it was neither valid nor authentic”.
“As per guidelines laid in independence and partition plan, the Maharajas and kings had no right to exercise their will regarding the future course or decide political destiny of their domain or states and people had right to decide their destiny and future status of their states,” Geelani said, and while referring to the “historical events” of past, Geelani said that “Hari Singh was not an authority to annex or (sign) instrument of accession with India or any country as he was fleeing and leaving towards Jammu. Therefore, there is no constitutional, legal, political or moral status of this so-called instrument of accession.”
“Despite their tall claims and parroting about being a great democratic country, they are depriving 15 million people from their birth right,” Geelani said.
Hurriyat (G) chairman said: “How Indian authorities can think that the nation that has suffered and presented such great sacrifices, will bear the burden of forced rule.”
Geelani suggested authorities in New Delhi to allow people to exercise their right to self-determination, saying that their predecessors have made commitment in all international forums.
“This is the moral responsibility of India to fulfill their commitment and allow us to live peaceful life,” said Geelani.
Geelani while paying tributes to youth said that “they while laying down their precious lives, are nourishing a sacred cause with their blood”.
In his appeal to people, he asked them to safeguard their sacrifices and stay away from those strengthening “forced and illegal rule”.
Geelani paid tributes to Ali Kadal Martyrs and said “We are duty bound to follow their mission till its logical end.”
Meanwhile, deeply concerned and grieved about the devastating fire incident in Anantanag in which 13 residential houses and 18 shops where gutted, Geelani said widespread destruction has left more than a dozen families shelter less in these cold days of winter.
He appealed the affluent class of the society to generously donate to help fire victims.