Syed Geelani accuses J&K govt of ‘formulating kill list to eliminate people’

Geelani released an ‘address to nation’ and the text of his scheduled press conference after J&K government didn’t allow him to address the media at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published:September 9, 2016 8:32 pm
Senior separatist leader of the hardliner faction of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Syed Ali Shah Geelani waves to his supporters outside his house as he arrives to participate in a march towards an army base in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir, Saturday, Aug. 27, 2016. A strict curfew, a series of communication blackouts and a tightening crackdown have failed to stop some of Kashmir's largest protests against Indian rule in recent years, triggered by the killing of a popular rebel commander on July 8. (AP Photo/Dar Yasin) Syed Ali Shah Geelani (AP Photo)

Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday accused the Jammu and Kashmir government of “formulating a kill list” to “eliminate people, who have not succumbed to their machinations” and said that the ”defeat of our enemy and the fact of our imminent victory are very much evident”.

Geelani released an ‘address to nation’ and the text of his scheduled press conference after J&K government didn’t allow him to address the media at his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar.

“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. While they are killing people on the streets and arresting them under their draconian laws, we have learnt that they have formulated a kill list, whereby they have identified pro-freedom leaders and activists and those civil society members, business leaders, government employees and journalists, who have not succumbed to their machinations,” Geelani said. “This is a very serious issue and we warn the occupier and their local stooges that any such misadventure will have serious repercussions”.

While a heavy contingent of J-K Police was deployed outside his residence to prevent his press conference on Friday morning, the aged separatist leader released a video and a the text of the presser. And the tone of Geelani’s message was that of a victory.

“The defeat of our 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. For the past 70 years, India has created a massive infrastructure of military occupation and other instruments of control but the last two months have shown that our will to fight for freedom is stronger than all their evil machinations,” he said.

“The greatest sign of our victory is that the mighty army of our occupier has to shoot dead middle-aged women, a 21-year-old girl and beat to death a teacher. If after 70 years of military control, a soldier has to kill an unarmed woman and a schoolboy with a stone in his hand to forcibly keep Kashmir under Indian control, what bigger proof do we need of who has been defeated and who is victorious? The bullets of Indian soldiers are merely the symbols of their cowardice”.

Geelani, who refused to open gates for the members of All Party Delegation that came knocking at his residence last Sunday, has said that the talks are meant to “divert attention” from reality.

“Shaken by our resolve and our united struggle for freedom, India has once again started the farce of engagement that it time and again has used to divert attention from the reality on the ground here,” he said. “They will come again to ask – what do we want. They know the answer to that question. We want freedom”.

Saying that current protests have provided a powerful push towards the goal and freedom is “very much in sight”, the separatist leader has said that they have removed the mainstream “smokescreen”.

“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. 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,” Geelani said.

“The frustration of 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”.

Geelani praised the militants for “offering sacrifices and keeping the flame of freedom alive”. “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,” he said. “We are a people’s resistance. We have no resources. We have no army. 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”.

Praising the efforts of various sections of the society who are at the “forefront of the struggle and sacrifices their livelihoods”. Geelani asked the people to help the needy.

“We need to consolidate on this new phase of our struggle and make resistance a way of our living. The struggle for freedom is a continuous process and we must not lose the clarity of the present moment to the slumber of the so-called normalcy. Rather, we need to make this clarity as the guiding light for the future course of our resistance. The current phase of the freedom struggle is a powerful push towards our decisive march of freedom from India,” he said.

“Immediately, we need to identify those who have suffered the most at the most basic levels, a mohalla and a village level. I again appeal for setting up Bait-ul-Maal (charity) in every mohalla and village. We should constantly monitor the condition of those who have been injured and work for their long-term rehabilitation. We must own our martyrs and help their families in every possible manner and not let them become prey to the exploitative politics of Indian stooges here”.

The Hurriyat leader has appealed the pro-India politicians to “return and joint the freedom march”. He has also made an appeal to police and bureaucracy to switch sides.

“We once again appeal to the handful of collaborators from among our own to return and join the march of freedom. In the depth of their hearts, these collaborators know fully well that they are on the wrong side of truth and history, and that for small material gains they have become tools for the foreign military occupation of their own land and people and are risking their souls for eternal damnation. And for what? Lure of money and a false sense of power from the fascist Hindu forces, who want to enforce a demographic change on our land, obliterate our identity as Muslims, and annihilate us as people. There still is time for them to make amends and join the honorable struggle for freedom and stand shoulder to shoulder with their own people who fight not only for themselves and the present generation but also for the generations to come,” the separatist leader said.

“We also appeal specifically to those who, merely to earn a livelihood, have joined our occupier and tormentor, thinking that they are only doing a job for the salary they are paid every month. Allah will never let you and your families suffer and starve if you are on the path of truth and righteousness. But if you continue to remain on the side of occupying State, killing and maiming your own people, no salary will be enough to cure the rot that Allah will send in your hearts and lives. We are sure that you would come to the side of truth, one day. We hope that it is sooner than later”.

Geelani has thanked Pakistan, China, OIC and some other country’s who have expressed their concern over the killings in Kashmir. “During this uprising, Pakistan has once again proved that they are our friends and well-wishers. We are also thankful to several other countries like China, Norway, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Iran and to the Organization of Islamic countries (OIC) for expressing concern over the brutal repression by India in Kashmir. We are also thankful to Turkey for its unambiguous support to our just struggle for freedom from Indian occupation,” he said.

“There was a time when the Kashmiri people would need someone else to read and write their letters. The Indian media, by and large, is an extension of the Indian state and performs well the role that has been assigned to it to help keep in place the Indian occupation in Kashmir. But what is heartening to us is that our own people are writing with complete clarity of thought and immense courage to portray the truthful picture of our struggle. Our own writers are narrating the horrors that our people are suffering at the hands of the occupying Indian state, and are giving voice to the collective aspirations of the people for freedom”.