Geelani Vows To Continue Freedom Struggle

11 January 2009
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday said the ongoing resistance movement for right of self-determination will continue till it reaches its logical conclusion. “Election was staged in the Valley just to suppress the freedom movement. The use of force and cheap tactics by New Delhi has strengthened our resolve to take the movement to its logical conclusion,” Geelani said while chairing a meeting of Hurriyat’s Majilis-e-Shoora before leaving for New Delhi for treatment. Geelani accused the successive regimes of exploiting the Kashmiris. “The rulers only executed New Delhi anti-Kashmir policies in the Valley and tightened the noose on Kashmiris,” the veteran leaders said. Geelani said the communal forces are lobbying to get the parliament attack accused, Muhammad Afzal Guru hanged. “India wants to make Guru a scapegoat of their intelligence failure. Guru has been denied his right to get fair trial. He said if Guru will be hanged, New Delhi will be responsible for consequences,” he said. Geelani expressed concern over continuous detention of Kashmiri youth and pro-freedom leaders in various Indian jails. He said the Kashmiri detainees were neither provide legal or medical aid. “The Kashmiri detainees have been implicated in false cases. They should be released forthwith,” he said. Geelani called for a complete strike on January 26. “People should observe a complete shutdown on Republic Day to protest against the suppression and denial of right of self-determination by India,” he said. On the occasion Geelani said many functions will be held on Kashmir Solidarity Day on February 5. Among other who attended the meeting included, general secretary of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai and other Hurriyat leaders and activists