SRINAGAR: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani has reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve to continue the ongoing struggle until the last Indian soldier withdraws from the Kashmir; adding that he is sure that the resistance movement will finally force India to concede defeat.
Geelani, in a message to the Kashmiri people, said: “The overwhelmingly growing public participation in the resistance movement further increased India’s sense of insecurity and in utter desperation and frustration, and in flagrant violation of the international law, the government of India finally made the illegal, immoral, inhuman and undemocratic announcement of annexing Kashmir into the Indian union.”
To implement the decision of Aug 5, he said, India put the entire Kashmir region under an unprecedented and indefinite security lockdown and communications blackout. “Schools, colleges universities, markets and mosques, everything was shut. Telephone, mobile and internet services were suspended. More than 18 thousand people were arrested and thrown into police lock-ups and prisons.”
Geelani said that thousands of children youth and elderly were brutalised and women were assaulted in their homes and those protesting these excesses were issued naked threats of rape.
The ailing leader pointed out that despite all these brutalities and excesses, Kashmiri people continued their resistance delivering a strong message to the whole world that their resolve remains unbroken and they will never give up their demand for freedom.
Warning of India’s future designs, Geelani said: “Our Muslim-majority character will be targeted and assaulted at every level and our right to live as Muslims will be taken away from us. There is also a strong possibility that our mosques would no longer remain safe and may suffer the same fate as the Babri Majid.”
He cautioned all pro-India Kashmiri politicians that history had given them another chance to join the public movement and stand shoulder to shoulder with them in their fight for justice and freedom.
He also warned Kashmir police against its atrocities on innocent fellow Kashmiri people saying police have committed murder, rape, arson and are involved in blinding several Kashmiri children with shotgun pellets.
“History stands witness that J&K police role in prolonging India’s occupation of Kashmir has been instrumental. Today when India has drawn the decisive line, it’s the guns of J&K police along with those of Indian army standing between us and our freedom,” he deplored.
Mentioning Pakistan’s role in highlighting the Kashmir cause, the APHC chairman thanked the government and the people of Pakistan.
He said: “In these difficult and testing times, the enormous courage, maturity and realism that the Islamic Republic of Pakistan has displayed in highlighting Indian atrocities and defending Kashmiri people’s movement for the right to self-determination at various internal forums is highly commendable. Only a sincere friend and a kind benefactor can do all this. It was only because of Pakistan’s tireless efforts that Kashmir issue was again discussed at the UNSC after 52 years.”