India has started education war against Kashmiris: Geelani

Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Sunday termed the closing down of coaching centres’ as “education war” and a new tactic “India is using to deprive Kashmiri students of education”.

“Tuition centres are being closed for three months now. Where will the students go? The students go to tuition centres to prepare for
examinations. Now India has started depriving our students of education. It is another war called “education war” started by India.

Our religion has already been snatched from us. Now education is being taken away from our youth,” Geelani said.

He was speaking at a seminar on the occasion of “Iqbal Day”organized
by his party to commemorate the poet Dr Sir Mohammad Iqbal on his death anniversary.

The media was not allowed to attend the seminar. The speech of Geelani was however posted on Facebook Live.
Flanked by JKLF chief Yasin Malik and Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Ashraf Sehrai on his side, Geelani said he had been confined to four walls since 2010.

“I am put behind the four walls since 2010. Recently we were told that
we were free… but that freedom remained for a day only,” he said.

About the statements of Indo-Pak dialogue which are making rounds after
army chiefs of both the countries remarked that talks were the way
forward, Geelani said the Hurriyat Conference was never against dialogue.
“We are not against dialogue…but the talks should be to resolve
Kashmir. Our stand is clear that 18 resolutions passed in United Nations that Kashmir is a disputed territory should be implemented.
Both India and Pakistan are signatories to these resolutions,” he said.
The ailing Hurriyat leader said that he had given 5-point formula in 2010 and that formula sets a base for any dialogue.
“In 2010 I had given 5 point formula. The disputed nature of J&K as a territory should be accepted and then only talks can happen. We favour tri-partite talks. So far 150 rounds of talks have taken place but nothing turned fruitful,” he said.
Geelani said India was responsible for the failure of 150 rounds of talks.
“The talks have always failed because of India. India beats drum of dialogue but at the same time maintains that Kashmir is its integral part, which is not the reality,” he said.