September 2016 News

Freedom In Sight, Delhi Shaken, Claims Geelani

9 September 2016
The Tribune (Chandigarh)
Azhar Qadri

Srinagar: Separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani on Friday adopted a new hard-line approach as he talked about 'freedom is in sight' and said that 'no fight is possible without people willing to sacrifice their lives and livelihoods'. The tough statement was issued as the Kashmir valley heads towards a critical phase of the ongoing unrest as security officials apprehend there is a possibility of renewed violence during the three-day-long Eid-ul-Azha, beginning Tuesday. 'No fight is possible without people willing to sacrifice their lives and livelihoods these sacrifices are the building blocks of the free nation we are destined to become,' Geelani said in a five-page statement, issued an hour after his press conference was foiled by the police. Geelani along with other separatist leaders is steering the ongoing unrest by issuing weekly protest calendars. 'The current phase of the freedom struggle has provided a powerful push towards our goal of freedom, which is very much in sight,' Geelani said, vowing that 'people would not be defeated'. He said New Delhi was 'shaken by our resolve and our united struggle', and had started a process of engagement, which he termed as a 'farce'. Geelani warned the government had compiled a 'kill list' of separatist leaders and activists 'who have not succumbed to their machinations'. 'This is a very serious issue,' he said, warning it would have 'serious repercussions'. The separatist also described Pakistan as a 'friend and well-wisher'.