Valley turned into a military garrison: Geelani condemns foiling of Shopian Chalo program


SRINAGAR: Authorities on Wednesday foiled the ‘Shopian Chalo’ call given by joint resistance leadership to pay homage to the youth killed by government forces on April 1.

A statement issued to GNS by Syed Ali Geelani led Hurriyat Conference said the pro-freedom leader defied the curbs on Wednesday and tried to lead a march towards Shopian but he was prevented by a heavy contingent of police from doing so.

Hurriyat while terming it ‘Gunda Raj’ of police said that Kashmir Valley has been turned into a military garrison where neither men nor women are safe.

Geelani in a statement strongly condemned the ruling regime for “forcibly” disallowing the JRL’s peaceful march to Shopian.

“Repeated curbs, restrictions, arrests and detention of resistance leadership and activists are a classic case of colonial attitude,” he said.

“We are not afraid of state power and threats, nor will we budge. People will carry and follow freedom struggle and show resentment despite all odds. We will never accept supremacy or hegemony of India and will oppose forcible occupation and pursue over genuine struggle till last solider leaves our state,” Hurriyat (G) chairman said.

Meanwhile, Syed Ali Geelani and Mohammad Ashraf Sehraie in a joint statement expressed their deep grief over the demise of Mohammad Jamaal Lone uncle of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat leader Mohammad Yousuf Lone of Kupwara.

Geelani and Sehraie extended their condolences and prayed for departed soul and bereaved family for their forbiddance to bear this irreparable loss. (GNS)