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Geelani addresses London protest March over phone, calls for resolution to Kashmir dispute

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Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday said that New Delhi while “infringing all norms and ethics, forcibly landed its forces and with its military might occupied the state of Jammu and Kashmir”.

Geelani, according to a statement issued to GNS, on Wednesday addressed the protest demonstration against the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in London, over the telephone.

While referring to events that led to partition and creation of India and Pakistan as two countries, Geelani said, “India while trampling all basic norms and ethics of ‘Indian independence Act of 1947’, against the wishes of people, occupied Jammu and Kashmir.”

He impressed upon the audience to convey the “rightful message” to Indian premier about the woeful situation people in Kashmir are facing.

“People are being traumatized, tortured, intimidated, caged, harassed, women molested and people irrespective of age and gender subjected to political vengeance,” he said, adding, “People are being brutally killed, properties razed to ground, people and leadership caged on fake allegations, youth tortured and disappeared in custody and rape is being used as a war weapon against women.”

Hurriyat (G) chairman added, “We are not demanding secession of any legal part of India, but our loud and clear demand is for the right to self-determination to decide political destiny of state.”

“We are a peace-loving nation and we never derive pleasure even if an Indian soldier dies, but contrary to this, their brute forces enjoy and become jubilant whenever they kill our youth and innocent people,” he said.

“I pay my tributes to my nation for its exemplary valour and steadfastness against all odds,” Geelani said, adding that Kashmiri people in their struggle are creating an unmatched history.

Geelani said Kashmir issue has multiplied human tragedies and it was because of this lingering issue that millions of people were facing immense hardships and a state of uncertainty and instability was looming over the whole South Asian region.

“We will acknowledge every positive step by Indian leadership that leads to final resolution of Kashmir issue,” Geelani said, adding, “We are in dire need of peace and hence welcome all steps leading to lasting solution and stability in the strife-torn region.”

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