Kashmir Stir Having Impact: Geelani3 September 2010
Srinagar: Reiterating his call for azadi bara-e-Islam (freedom with Islam) and asserting that the present stir in Kashmir was beginning to have an impact , the chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Friday strongly rejected the division of Jammu and Kashmir, asking people not to cultivate personality cults, and asserted that the Kashmir movement had been transferred to the next generation , besides calling for a boycott of pro-India leaders.Geelani, who made a sudden appearance in the old city in a three-wheeler and was greeted by large crowds of slogan-shouting youth, was speaking to the congregation at the Pathar Masjid during Friday prayers. “The peaceful and disciplined mass movement underway in Kashmir for the past two-and-a-half months has gradually begun to show results,” Geelani said. “World powers have begun to mount pressure on India to resolve the Kashmir issue and end the bloodshed in the region.” “The civil society in India too has come forward in sympathy with Kashmiris and begun to talk against the government over the killing of innocents , which is a victory for our impressive and dignified movement,” he said. As enthusiastic youth began to chant slogans in favour of Geelani, the separatist leader gently reproved them, saying that they should not encourage personality cults. “Personality cults have undone the Kashmiri nation in the past as well, and even the kalmia (the basic creed that Muslims recite to proclaim belief in one God) was used to glorify one individual, for which we are paying the price even today,” he said. Referring to a slogan in vogue during the Sheikh Abdullah era, Geelani said: “People used to say ala karey gaa wangan karey ga, babh karey ga babh karey ga in the past, and then what happened? The babh(father or patriarch, as Sheikh Abdullah supporters called him) did exactly that, and brought in the Indian army for the4 genocide of Kashmiris.” “Therefore, my advice to you is to withdraw your support to me if I renege on my stand,” Geelani said. “We want azadi bara-e-islam (freedom with Islam), and our struggle shall go on till we achieve it,” he said. “A huge responsibility rests on the youth this time to carry the movement forward with organisation and discipline to defeat Indian designs of maligning our struggle,” he said. “If pro-India leaders are genuinely concerned about the pain and suffering of Kashmiris, they must promptly join the struggle,” he said. “But their hearts are sealed, and their conscience does not awaken, because it is in their presence that the blood of kashmiri youth is being shed. They are strengthening the very same forces who riddle Kashmiris with bullets,” he said.