Indian army killing Kashmiri youths at will: Geelani

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Arrested as he defies curfew

Srinagar—In occupied Kashmir, Indian police arrested the All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, in Hyderpora area of Srinagar Wednesday when he defied curfew and tried to march towards Naqashband Sahib in the city on the occasion of the Kashmir Martyrs’ Day.
Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyet leaders Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik had jointly given a call for the march towards Martyrs’ Graveyard at Naqashband Sahib to pay tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931.
Despite curfew, Syed Ali Geelani came out of his Hyderpora residence in Srinagar and started to march towards the Martyrs’ Graveyard along with scores of his associates. When they reached at main Airport Road, Indian police swung into action and detained the APHC Chairman and many others and shifted them to Humhama Police Station.
It was on this day in 1931 when the troops of Dogra Maharaja had killed 22 Kashmiris, one after the other, outside the Central Jail in Srinagar. They had gathered in the jail premises to attend the court proceedings against one, Abdul Qadeer, who had asked the Kashmiri people to defy the Dogra rule.
Meanwhile, complete shutdown is being observed in the occupied territory, today, to mark the anniversary of the martyrs of 1931. It is also aimed at registering protest against the killing of innocent Kashmiris by Indian troops and police personnel during the ongoing Intifada. Thirty six people have been killed so far due to the firing of Indian forces’ personnel on peaceful demonstrations since the extrajudicial killing of top commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, Burhan Wani, on Friday.
The occupation authorities continue to impose curfew across the Kashmir Valley and keep Hurriyet leaders under house arrest or illegal detention to prevent demonstrations against the killing of Burhan Wani.
Earlier, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Syed Ali Gilani has said that young Kashmiris participating in widespread protests are influenced by the Hurriyet ideology of resistance against Indian occupation of the territory.
Syed Ali Gilani in an interview at his residence in Srinagar said, the Kashmiri youth are politically more aware as well as sensitive and they are facing brutal Indian forces fearlessly.
“They have learnt it from us. We have influenced them. They follow our shutdown calls. But they are more determined,” he added.
The APHC Chairman said that pro-India elements were responsible for the bloodshed that had left 36 people dead and over 1500 injured in firing by Indian forces on protesters.
The ailing leader, who is under continued house arrest and suffers from multiple ailments, said that pro-India forces and the Indian government were responsible for creating Burhan Wanis. “India shows no respect for humanity, fundamental rights of Kashmiris,” he added.
Syed Ali Gilani mocked at the puppet administration for asking the Hurriyet to restore peace in Kashmir, saying that it was the administration that had not allowed democratic forces to flourish in the territory. “I am under house arrest since 2010. We are not allowed to meet people. India has unleashed a reign of terror,” he said. The APHC Chairman pointed out that Indian Army, paramilitary and police personnel were shooting to kill protesters at will. He asked the protesters to keep resisting and venting their anger but urged them not to forget moral and human values cherished by peace loving people of Kashmir. “We should not harm Hindus, Sikhs and Christians.—KMS

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