Geelani To Wage Guru’s Legal Battle13 December 2011
New Delhi: Terming the death sentence of parliament attack accused, Muhammad Afzal Guru, as “arbitrary,” Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Tuesday announced he would launch a legal battle to seek justice for Guru. Addressing a press conference at his Hyderpora residence, Geelani said Guru was not given the opportunity to defend himself in any court. “Guru has been implicated in parliament attack case although all the attackers were killed on the spot,” he said. Terming the Jammu and Kashmir police as the “main agent of trouble” in the Valley, Geelani said his party would file a case against the government and state police for seizing the party calendars and diaries and harassing distributors and news agencies. Geelani said he would file the case against minister of state for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani, the director-general of police, Kuldeep Khoda, IG Police, SM Sahi, and SSP Budgam, Utam Chand. “This is sheer dictatorship and we won’t tolerate it. We will approach the High Court against such acts,” Geelani said, adding that he was not playing politics on such issues and had no intention of briefing the press daily. “We have been publishing our calendars for many years past but this year police seized these. They have arrested seven news agency owners, even they arrested the book sellers and their employees,” he alleged. He said that the calenderers gave the message of Islam about peace and freedom. The calendar contains Qur’anic verses and saying of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon Him). “Police is trying to create havoc. They seized about 10,000 calendars and a large number of diaries of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat from distributors who were also interrogated about distribution of our material. They also raided the residences of Tehreek leaders and seized the calendars and diaries from there as well. I fail to understand why they (police) are doing this,” asked Geelani, who has been under house arrest for long now. “What was the basis of seizing the calendars and diaries? Why do the police arrest distributors and harass them for dealing with our calendars and dairies?” Geelani asked. “We expect the High Court will deliver justice,” he added. He said these tactics would not affect in ongoing freedom struggle and asserted he would carry his mission. “Even if I am alone, I will carry the struggle forward and will never surrender before government and the occupying forces,” he asserted. He said that the freedom movement is not only his duty but an article of his faith. Urging the people of Kashmir to remain ‘firm’ in their stands on Kashmir issue, Geelani asserted change was expected to come and people would witness it very soon. ‘We will never surrender before the might of Indian army, police and Indian government,” he added. “Resistance is part of our faith. It has never been a profession for us” said Geelani, who was flanked by party spokesperson, Ayyaz Akbar. “It is our duty to inform the people about the Islamic preaching and we are not allowed to do so. There is no material against any religion or which can incite the violence.” he said adding, that a survey he had conducted revealed 83 per cent of population of India and Pakistan wanted that Kashmir problem should be resolved in keeping with aspirations of its people. “We also make similar assertions but are being harassed for it, ” he said. Meanwhile, the government has claimed that the calendars and diaries of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat seized by the authorities could create law and order problem at this particular point of time. “These calendars and diaries can cause law and order problem,” Home secretary, B R Sharma, told reporters.