Responding to the recent remarks of Jammu and Kashmir’s Chief Minister Omar Abdullah that the rebel groups should leave gun and search other means so that peace can prevail in the valley, the Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani today said that he wants to ask the chief minister what other means are there that we can ask for?
Geelani was addressing a press conference at his party headquarters in Hyderpora. He also said, “We don’t come forward with guns and bombs, and we don’t create law and order problems. The law and order problems are caused by the police and other government forces and these allegations are baseless.”
Earlier, a few days ago Abdullah while holding gun-culture responsible for the death and destruction in Kashmir Valley, had advised rebels to adopt peaceful means to register their protest.“Militants (rebels) should shun the path of violence and instead choose other ways to register their protest and to fight for their rights,” he had said.
Answering to the question about ISIS popularity and flags in Kashmir, Geelani said that first we condemn the drone attack on Iraq by the United States of America, because US is the biggest terrorist. “We have been saying it that we will adopt wait and watch policy on what kind of Islamic State they want to create? Unless and Until minorities are not given protection they can’t call themselves Islamic State. No one can force non-Muslims to become Muslims by the means of pressure. Islam does not allow it and has always supported peace,” he said.
Condemning and terming National Investigation Agency (NIA) as the torment for the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani today said that the government has provided it with extra powers due to which it can arrest any person who is under scanner and shift them to different prisons of New Delhi.
Geelani said, “NIA produces false witnesses in huge numbers in the court that the trials continue for eight-ten years and those arrested remain in the prison till the trial ends.”
Providing an example of Ghulam Mohmmad Bhat who was the in-charge of the legal cell at Hurriyat office, Geelani said, “He was arrested from the bed in Sheri Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) hospital and the trial of his case should have taken place in Srinagar but he was taken to New Delhi where 125 witnesses were produced against him before the court. It has been five years but the court has not finished the trial. Those people who raise voices for the cause of freedom become the target of such agencies.”
He said that apart from Ghulam Muhmmad Bhat, Farooq Ahmad Dagga from Kupwara, Ghulam Jeelani and Mohmmad Siddiq from Sopore were also arrested and then sent to Delhi. Recently, two more people who were in Srinagar’s central jail were also sent to New Delhi without any reason, he added.
Alleging NIA of extortion, Geelani said that the agency first looks for rich families, later they call them and bring them to headquarters and make them speak .”They trap them in some cases and then shift them outside valley, in order to get money from them. We have our people that have informed us about it but we won’t name them because it would put their life in danger and they will be killed,” Geelani said.
Geelani also expressed his sadness over the Jammu and Kashmir government’s role of not telling these agencies or government of India that if the person has a case in Kashmir then his/her trial should also take place here. “I myself came to know in Ghulam Mohmmad Bhat’s case that one of the witnesses produced in his case by NIA accepted when asked by senior lawyer Ram Jeth Malani that whatever he spoke in the court was given to him by police and NIA,” Geelani revealed.
Geelani also said that the government wants to take revenge for our ongoing resistance movement. “Despite being under occupation we have our own constitution but still government of India applies these tactics to suppress the movement of Jammu and Kashmir people.”
Geelani while thanking the local Bar Association for fighting these cases free of cost said that the lawyers are also threatened if they continue to take more cases. “We will continue to fight for the movement until we won’t achieve our goal and no power will stop us from achieving our right.”
He also called for a complete shutdown on 15 August and asked people to observe it as black day.