Geelani Warns Pakistan Against Befriending India11 November 2011
Srinagar: Reacting sharply to Pakistan’s decision to confer India with MFN status and move towards a preferential trade agreement with its neighbor, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today said that such policies were against the wishes of Kashmiri people. He warned Pakistan that any step that goes against the aspirations of Kashmiris will land the country in big trouble. “Pakistan’s decision to grant MFN status to India and to move towards a preferential trade agreement with India are against the wishes of Kashmiris. As Kashmiri nation, we will never acknowledge such policies. If Pakistan reaches any agreement with India against the wishes of Kashmiri people vis a vis Kashmir dispute, then Pakistan will not remain safe,” Geelani warned while addressing a public gathering in Iqbal Park Sopore. He said that as a nation “we are fighting against the Indian rule for the past 64 years and are committed to fight till freedom.” He said that government claims that Geelani has no credibility now ‘but at the same time they keep me under continuous house arrest.’ “From March 4, 2011, I am continuously under house arrest and only on November 8, when my brother died, I was allowed to visit my native place. If they claim that peace has prevailed then why I am not being allowed to move freely and why youths are languishing in jails under notorious PSA?” Geelani questioned. He said that two youth from Lal Bazaar Srinagar were put behind bars for 14 years and finally they were declared innocent. “This reflects how Kashmiri youths are being treated in India,” he said. He warned the people that they should not allow ‘cultural aggression in Kashmir’ and termed it ‘more dangerous than occupation.’ He advised people that they should not allow their daughters to go on army-sponsored tours. He also urged youths that they should guard in their areas and ensure that youths are not falling prey to drug addiction. He said that efforts were being made to change the demography of the state by allowing outsiders to settle in the valley. He urged the people to lodge strong protest when the Bill will be discussed in the assembly. He also demanded the immediate removal of CRPF camp near the martyrs’ graveyard in Sopore. He said that all the waste from this camp was being dumped in the graveyard which is not acceptable to the people. YOUTH NABBED WITH PISTOL An unidentified youth allegedly carrying a pistol was beaten to pulp by people on the suspicion of being personnel of some government agency during Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s rally in Sopore on Friday. Soon after Geelani concluded his speech, an unidentified youth was caught by the people and severely thrashed. The spokesperson of Tehreek-i-Hurriyat, Ayaz Akbar, said the youth was from some government agency and a pistol was also found in his possession. He said it was only after Geelani’s intervention that the youth was set free. He condemned the presence of an armed personal during public gathering that too with a weapon. “The person could have made attempt on the life of Geelani sahib or intended to disrupt the public gathering,” Ayaz Akbar said.