Srinagar, July13: (GNS) Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Friday decried the curbs placed by authorities to thwart march to Naqashband Sahib, saying that respect, honour and affection with martyrs particularly those of July 13, 1931, serves as an eye-opener for those at the helm of affairs and for “Delhi groomed henchmen” in the state.
A Hurriyat (G) spokesperson in a statement issued to GNS said that Geelani who continues to be under house arrest, tried to march towards Naqashband Sahib to pay tributes to July 13 martyrs as announced earlier by the joint resistance leadership, however, forces deployed outside his residence prevented him from marching ahead.
Geelani said the State has been turned into a military garrison, and criticized authorities for their “undemocratic and autocratic” approach. “Their tall claims and parroting about being a great democracy of the world proved hoax and their rhetoric for greater republic stands deflated,” he said.
“They believe in military and muscular might,” Geelani said and reiterated that “we are pursuing a movement to achieve our right to self-determination to decide the political destiny of State as guaranteed in UN charter”.
“While pursuing our rightful movement, we have sacrificed our lives, and properties worth billions have been destroyed and damaged, thousands languishing in detention and torture centres, youth killed in custody and buried in unmarked graves, innocents tortured and women assaulted,” he said.
“Despite all odds and atrocities inflicted, the nation will never budge even an inch nor will succumb to force or pressure tactics of occupant rulers,” Geelani added.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (G) spokesperson in a statement strongly criticized authorities for putting Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Haji Gh Nabi Sumji, Mohd Ashraf Laya, Shah Wali Mohd, Gulzar Ahmad Ganai under house arrest.
He said Hurriyat (G)’s secretary public relations Molvi Bashir Irfani addressed a public gathering at Jamia Masjid Hyderpora and paid rich tributes to 13 July martyrs.
Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani and Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai expressed their deep grief over the demise of Gh Mohd Sofi, father of senior pro-freedom leader Mukhtar Ahmad Sofi saying the deceased was a pious person and eminent businessman, social and political activist.
While sympathizing with the grieved family, Geelani and Sehrai said that late Sofi was an active and energetic Islamist.
On the directions of Syed Ali Geelani, a deputation led by district president Srinagar, THK, Ishfaq Ahmad Khan and comprising Mohammad Shafi, Mushtaq Ahmad and Farooq Ahmad visited the bereaved family in Anantnag and prayed for peace to the departed soul. (GNS)