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Geelani barred from leading protest against Kulgam killings

Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani

Srinagar, Oct 23: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani was not allowed to move out of his jail cum residence, when according to already published program, he was scheduled to march towards Lal Chowk to express solidarity and lead a protest march against the Kulgam carnage carried out by Indian forces on Sunday, when 7 civilians and 3 militants were killed, a spokesman said.

Large contingent of police was deployed in and around the residence of chairman and they locked the main gate from outside and didn’t allow anybody in or out, a spokesman said in a statement issued

Hurriyat chairman has strongly condemned what he termed as arrogant and inhuman police action.

He said that “in world’s largest and heavily militarized zone of Jammu and Kashmir, people are not even allowed to breathe freely. Their voice is chocked and their human needs are curbed on the pretext of security. Innocent lives are snatched by the barrel of gun and then people are not allowed to mourn these deaths.”

Suggesting the ‘arrogant and brute’ rulers to get to the basic and ground realities, Hurriyat chairman cautioned them that “arbitrary and ruthless measures cannot lease your illegal and forceful occupation for too long, as history stands testimony to the fact that military might and unrealistic attitude can never succeed in subjugating a nation forever.”

He questioned them that “how long will you keep yourself in a deceitful denial mode as every time people in general convey their unambiguous message that come what may they will never accept and legitimize the unholy and unnatural bond of union with India. But most brazenly and shamefully, Indian rulers ignore these hard facts and continue to parrot the rhetoric of “integral part”.”

Meanwhile, in a statement spokesperson of Hurriyat Conference said that “in occupied Kashmir people are barred from mourning and peaceful protest on the killing of their loved one’s through military might.”

The spokesperson has further said that “although right to peaceful assembly, protest and speech has been acknowledged by international laws, but such kind of peaceful activity is a dreaded sin in Indian occupied territory and severely punished by the largest democracy of the world India, through the use of brute force.”

He further lamented “the criminal silence of world community in regard to Kashmir, when world through United Nations Kashmir specific resolutions has rectified and acknowledged the inalienable right to self-determination of subjugated Kashmiris before 72 years is under obligation to honor its commitment in letter and spirit.”