Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani today condemned, what he said, fresh campaign of character assassination launched by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) against the leaders, ruling out possibility of any submission or surrender before New Delhi.
“We reject possibility of any submission or surrender before the Indian imperialism and its military might. The fresh spurt in the character assassination campaign launched by the NIA against the leadership is a brazen plot to prolong their illegal and unjustified detention,” Geelani said in a statement.
Hailing, what he said, the exemplary and praiseworthy role played by the chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat Asiya Andrabi and her family, Geelani said, “It is the well-thought out ploy to defame leadership on flimsy and fabricated charges. This is a vicious character assassination campaign and it reflects frustration of authorities. We advise authorities to take lesson from their own history of struggle against the Britishers,” Geelani said.
He said, “History bears testimony to this fact that any indigenous popular movement for right to self determination has never been defeated or eliminated by imperialistic forces whatsoever. New Delhi should shun the policy of vengeance and character assassination of resistance leadership of high respect and dignity to prolong their unjustified detentions. It is better to resolve the long pending Kashmir dispute for peaceful and prosperous future of the sub-continent which has virtually turned into nuclear flash point.”
He said, “ W appreciate the courage of senior leaders lodged in Tihar jail including Shabir Ahmad Shah , Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Meraj-u-Din Kalwal, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Shahid Yousuf, Muhammad Aslam Wani, Farooq Ahmed Dar and the businessman Zahoor Ahmad Watali. Besides, we hail the sacrifices, courage and determination of incarcerated leaders including Masarat Alam Bhat, Muzaffar Ahmed Dar, Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo , Dr Muhammad Shafi Shariati, Ghulam Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmed Sheikh, Muhammad Yusuf Mir, Tariq Ahmed Dar, Mansoor Ahmad, Muhammad Yousuf Falahi , Abdul Ghani Dar, Ghulam Muhammad Khan Sopori, Shakeel Ahmad Yatto, Moulana Sarjjan Barkati, Mir Hafeez-Ullah, Amir Hamza Shah, Abdul Rashid Mugloo, Siraj-u-Din, Farooq Ahmad Tawheedi and scores of other detainees languishing in different jails.”
He condemned the arrest of Abdul Rashid Dar of Pampore in place of his son Javed Ahmad, saying “It is in no way a legal way or supported by any moral ethics to punish an innocent person for the fault he never committed.”