Killings will continue with or without AFSPA: Geelani

Jul 5th, 2013 | Category: Kashmir News

Calls for peaceful protests, absentia funeral prayers after Friday prayers

Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Shah Geelani while reiterating his appeal for peaceful demonstrations on July 5 against Markandal killing incident has called that all activities will remain suspended and business establishments closed from 12:30 pm to 2:30 pm. He said that during this period Friday prayers and funeral prayers in absentia will be observed for martyrs.

“The peaceful and symbolic protest against state terrorism will be held at all places after the prayer and as per the program, peaceful protest rally would be organised  at Jamia Masjid Srinagar and Hamza Masjid Lalchowk,” Geelani in a statement issued to GNS has said.

He said whether AFSPA remains or is revoked, killings and Markandal like incidents will continue to happen and we can no longer remain silent over such incidents. “It is our religious and moral obligation to register our protest against these gruesome events.”

Geelani said that as a matter of fact, AFSPA is not an issue for us and we least bother about the stance adopted by Chief Minister Omar Abdullah with respect to its revocation. “We believe that violations of human rights and killing of innocent people will continue there till last Indian trooper remains on the ground. Whether AFSPA remains or is revoked, the ground reality will remain unchanged and it will not make any difference in already prevailing tense situation.”

Hurriyat Chairman said that India and its forces treat Jammu and Kashmir as their colony and they can even kill entire population to continue their illegal occupation. “The freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir is in its crucial stage and since last 65 years, India with its full might is trying to crush the ongoing freedom struggle.”

Commenting over the role played by pro-Indian political parties, Syed Ali Geelani said that Omar Abdullah and other pro-Indian politicians are extending their full cooperation to India. “There are only two options for people of Jammu and Kashmir, either they have to surrender and agree to slavery forever or to remain committed with freedom struggle and forbid every kind of bargaining.”

He said that nations with self esteem and honour never make compromise with slavery. “They rather prefer death in a dignified way and I am sure that new generation would exhibit their commitment with regards to freedom movement despite all odds and difficulties.”

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