Stone-pelting Not Our Way: Geelani22 April 2011
Srinagar: Stating that stone pelting was “not our way” for struggle, Hurriyat conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday said stones cannot defend us against the bullets. While addressing a Friday gathering at Baramulla today, Geelani urged youth to refrain from stone pelting and any form of violence. “Stone pelting is not our way for struggle and stones cannot defend us against bullets. We are fighting against a ruthless ‘occupying force’, which doesn’t respect the moral and human values,” he said while expressing satisfaction over the ideological association of the younger generation with the freedom movement. He said it means the movement is not confined to Geelani and would continue after his death and “no force on earth can deny Kashmiri people their right to self determination to determine their fate”. “No solution within the ambit of Indian constitution or self-rule and autonomy proposals of mainstream parties like NC, PDP will be acceptable to Kashmris,” Hurriyat (G) chairman said. Terming issuance of Dogra certificate as a very serious issue, he said Hurriyat wouldn’t rest until the government revokes the order. “It’s not a small issue but a conspiracy to divide Jammu and Kashmir and erase the identity of Muslims. We will not allow the government to turn Jammu into a Dogra desh and would continue our peaceful struggle till the government revokes the order,” Geelani said. He said India’s claims of being the largest democracy had been exposed. “The whole world knows now that India was crushing the peaceful movement of Kashmiris with brute force,” he said. He demanded unconditional release of all political prisoners languishing in jails, and urged Amnesty International and other human rights groups to intervene and force Indian government to release the detained persons.