Geelani Fumes At PM’s Remarks25 February 2011
Srinagar: Reacting to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s statement that New Delhi would give no quarter to secessionist elements in Kashmir, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday said the “threat” has exposed India’s “hollow” democratic credentials. “Whatever happened in Kashmir in 2010 was nothing but a people’s revolution and Manmohan Singh’s threat that India would not allow Kashmiris to rise up again has unmasked the dictator behind the façade of innocence, who takes pride in announcing to crush the sentiments of people,” a party statement quoted Geelani as saying. The statement, he said, has also exposed India’s “hollow claims” of being a democracy. The veteran separatist leader termed Government of India’s “bullying approach” on Kashmir as “ridiculous” at a time when “people ruling others through force and intimidation are losing battle”. Geelani was referring to the revolutions in Egypt, Tunisia, Yemen, Libya and Bahrain. “Let India remove its military from Kashmir and then it would become clear to whom Kashmir belongs. The fact is that the day the military and police raj in Kashmir ends, Kashmiris would come onto streets in such numbers which would overshadow the revolution in Egypt and other places,” he said. Stating that prime minister’s statement not surprising, Geelani said, “India is only interested in the land of Kashmir and not its people, which is clear from the fact that it does not show slightest hesitation in killing Kashmiris, sending them to jails in order to keep the valley under its military occupation.” Replying to a debate on the Motion of Thanks in the Parliament on Thursday, Singh had said that New Delhi’s approach to the problems of Jammu and Kashmir is that no quarter will be given to secessionist elements.