We were never so close to freedom as we are now: Geelani

Wahid Bhat
Srinagar: Ahead of the Eid-ul-Adha, Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani today was scheduled to address a press conference, but the authorities didn’t allow him. The media-persons were not also allowed to enter into Geelani’s Hyderpora residence.

Later, Geelani issued a presser where he talked in length about the prevailing situation.

The Hurriyat (G) chief who is spearheading the present uprising said the frustration of India he termed as “our occupier” is understandable.

“Because between us and our freedom stand half a million Indian guns only. Never before have we been so close to freedom with such clarity as we are now. We have reached this stage because the people of Jammu and Kashmir have not only resisted the brute military occupation of India with exemplary courage and sacrifices but also repeatedly shown that the people would not be defeated,” he said.

Geelani said the present uprising is a continuation of their long struggle for freedom from India. “The current phase of the freedom struggle against India has so unnerved the occupier and its local stooges that they have resorted to vilest means to suppress the struggle,” he said.

Geelani made a surprising revelation that he had learnt from his sources that the government has formulated a “kill list”, whereby they have identified pro-freedom leaders, activists and those civil society members, business leaders, government employees and journalists, who have not succumbed to their machinations.

“This is a very serious issue and we warn the occupier and their local stooges that any such misadventure will have serious repercussions,” said the octogenarian leader.

He said shortly after militant commander Burhan’s killing, in multitudes the young and old, men and women came out from their homes, poured onto the streets and marched towards Tral to pay homage to their beloved militant.

“During the past two months there is no village and no town where people have not made it abundantly clear again that the only relationship between India and Kashmir is that of the occupier and the occupied and between the two the smokescreen that India had created here in the form of Abdullahs, Muftis, Lones and the sundry has fallen,” he said.

“We have always been saying that these collaborators are mere stooges of India and today it is crystal clear that their only task is to strengthen the Indian occupation of J&K and provide shameless justifications for cold-blooded murder, maiming and blinding of our people,” he said.

Stating the current phase of the freedom struggle has provided a powerful push to the freedom movement; Geelani said the defeat of enemy and the fact of “our imminent victory” are very much evident in the frustrated talk in their parliament, institutions of power and in the news studios of their fascist media.

He said during the last two decades India killed a hundred thousand Kashmiris including women and children, disappeared more than ten thousand, and made into orphans, widows and half widows, displaced large populations, and tortured, maimed, imprisoned countless, the people of J&K persisted and refused to surrender and kept alive the flame of freedom alive.

“Then we witnessed the peoples’ uprisings of 2008, 2009, 2010 and now 2016. This spirit for the struggle for freedom has been seamlessly passed on to the next generation despite great disadvantages. Our occupier has the world’s third largest army. It has the world’s largest paramilitary force, most of which is stationed in Kashmir. It is the world’s fifth largest economy. We are a people’s resistance. We have no resources. We have no army,” he said.

He said, “We have no media. But our greatest strength is our truth, unity and our determination to free ourselves from the yoke of this evil occupation,” he said. (PTK)

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