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Geelani announces one-point agenda to achieve freedom

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SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani has announced his one point programme to achieve freedom. The Hurriyat Conference leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz was killed on August 11 while leading a march to Muzaffarabad on the other side of the LoC for restoration of trade links. Six days after his death, pro-freedom leadership today at the slain Hurriyat leader’s home town vowed to continue the ongoing peaceful protests till all traditional routes including Muzaffarabad road are opened.

The pro-freedom leaders and lakhs of people had assembled here to pay homage to the Sheikh Aziz who was killed by forces in Chahal area near Uri while leading a march that attempted to cross the LoC. Geelani said the Kashmir leadership and its people have assembled to pay homage to its slain leader. “I ask Indian leadership and their puppets in Kashmir to come and see the strength of our unity. The whole nation has risen to demand right to self determination and independence,” Geelani said.

He said the August 11 attempted march to Muzaffarabad and today’s turn out of lakhs of people to pay homage to their leader has proved that “development works or economic packages can’t solve the Kashmir issue. Our unity is must and we would continue to fight for our rights.” The world, Geelani said, is aware of the ongoing situation in Kashmir. “We are hopeful that international organizations would intervene and support our fight for right to self determination,” he said. Geelani sought assurance from people that they would carry on the protests peacefully. “Don’t give the Indian troops any chance to open fire at you,” Geelani said.

Whereas Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) warned India that “August 11-like events would continue if traditional routes connecting Kashmir to outside world are not opened. “For the past 60 years, we have seen many such assemblies of people but couldn’t reach our goal of freedom. Now is the time to remain united and follow the one point program of achieving freedom,” Mirwaiz said. “We are all united. If India didn’t open the Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road for trade and travel forthwith, the agitation would intensify,” Mirwaiz said.

He demanded opening of the Rawlakot-Poonch road, Gurez-Gilgit road and other routes connecting Kashmir with outside world.“These are the traditional routes connecting Kashmir with outside world. They must be opened for trade and travel,” Mirwaiz said. “We ask India to repeal all the draconian laws-Disturbed Area Act, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act-used as a weapon to kill Kashmiri people.

All the Kashmiris languishing in different jails of India should be released,” he said. Mirwaiz said Kashmir and its leadership is hopeful that Pakistan government would take the long pending Kashmir issue at the international platform and press for its resolution. “We are hopeful and we appeal to the Pakistan government to take the Kashmir issue to United Nations, Organization of Islamic Conference and European Union and seek its solution as per the aspiration of Kashmiri people,” Mirwaiz said.

He appealed to the international organizations to monitor the crisis in Kashmir. “We are hopeful that the international organizations would come to our rescue and warn India against the atrocities committed against the Kashmiris,” Mirwaiz said. Mirwaiz warned that election can’t solve the Kashmir issue. “It is the right time for the leaders and activists of pro-Indian parties in Kashmir to join the ongoing freedom struggle otherwise history won’t forgive them. How does their conscience allow them to be a part of the government which has been ordering killing of innocent and unarmed Kashmiris,” Mirwaiz asked.

Mirwaiz said when Kashmiris decided to stand against the blockade and seek alternative route-Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road-for trade and survival, they where showered bullets by troopers and police. “Unarmed civilians were killed for seeking right to life. This is what a country, which claims to be a largest democracy in the world, does to the occupied nation,” Mirwaiz said.“The Muzaffarabad march and today’s assembly of people here to pay homage to their leader (Sheikh Aziz) has once again proved to India and its puppets here that we are united in our demand for freedom,” Mirwaiz said.

He said the whole nation has gathered under the program of Coordination Committee of pro-freedom leadership to show the strength of unity. “It is the right time to rise above the party politics and lead the nation to the only goal of freedom from Indian occupation,” Mirwaiz said. He said the Coordination Committee would meet again on Sunday to devise future strategy. He said the martyrdom of Sheikh Aziz showed to the whole world that Kashmir leadership was ready to give their blood for the ongoing freedom struggle.-SANA

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