Yatra ‘threat’ aimed at discrediting Kashmir struggle, says Geelani

‘Amarnath pilgrims have always been our guests’

BK correspondent/Srinagar
June 19, 2017 0 Comments STATE 110 Views

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Sunday said the ‘threat’ to the upcoming Amarnath Yatra is “a calculated move aimed at maligning and discrediting the political struggle of Kashmir”.
In a statement issued to Brighter Kashmir, Geelani while denouncing ‘misinformation’ campaign carried by Indian media, said that people in Kashmir while continuing with the age-old tradition of providing best hospitality to pilgrims have always been friendly and generous to visitors and particularly with Amarnath yatries.
Geelani said that Amarnath Yatra is being conducted for decades and the people here have treated these yatries with unique hospitality and people have always been hospitable, decent and received them as their guests.
Referring to adverse propaganda launched by Indian media wherein they are propagating that Amarnath Yatries are facing ‘threat’ from people of state, Syed Ali Geelani said that “terror threat to the upcoming Amarnath yatra is a brazen lie and aimed at to malign freedom movement”.
“Kashmiris are not against any religion or its followers, however, they are pursuing a legitimate struggle for their fundamental rights, people since last seven decades are demanding right to self-determination to decide the political destiny of state and India and international community are signatory to these resolutions,” said Geelani.
“Fanatical forces in India are desperate to give bad name to freedom movement and as such are relying on negative propaganda and following their fanatical dogma,” said Geelani.
Blaming the “sectarian forces” for playing folly, Syed Ali Geelani said that “it is a deceit and a well-planned ploy to carry their mysterious agenda against people in state”.
Strongly censuring Indian media, Geelani said that they are trying to “mislead people and international community by negative and baseless propaganda”.
Geelani stressed on people to make the Amarnath Yatries aware of the reality of the Kashmir while continuing with the age-old tradition of providing best hospitality to pilgrims.
Geelani while referring to peoples uprisings in 2008, 2010 and 2016, said that even in those gloomy circumstances, people despite restrictions and curfew received these Yatries with open arms and provided shelter and food.
“It is our age-old tradition and in future we will fallow this tradition with same spirit and receive these Yatries as our revered guests,” he said.
Geelani stated that these fanatical forces are relying on lame excuse and preparing ground for communal tension against Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir and as such are rhetoric about so-called threat warnings against Amarnath Yatries.
Geelani in his statement, while addressing to Yatries, said that there is no threat to their life and asked to consider the sufferings, the people of Kashmir are facing and urged to present the real picture of our struggle before people and aware them of the historical background of this dispute.
“It is your duty,” Geelani said, while addressing to Yatries.
Geelani said that Kashmir is a political issue and stressed visitors to feel the pain and see the issue through the prism of humanity and added that issue has nothing to do with extremism or fanaticism.

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