Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Monday expressed shock and grief over forces reports about the number of militant causalities during current year, saying it is a “big loss and a national tragedy”.
In a joint press conference, police, army and CRPF officers said here that 190 militants were killed in Kashmir Valley this year.
In a statement issued here, the octogenarian leader said that people while resisting “unconstitutional and illegal occupation have since past 71 years presented more than 6 lakh souls.”
“India has waged war on innocent civilians,” said Geelani.
Referring to the “so-called instrument of accession, endorsed by then Maharaja”, Geelani said that it was neither valid nor authentic.
He said that as per guidelines laid in independence and partition plan, the Maharaja’s and kings had no right to exercise their will regarding the future course or decide political destiny of their domain or states.
“People had right to decide their destiny and future status of their states.”
He said Hari Singh was not an authority to annex or instrument an accession with India or any country as he was fleeing and leaving towards Jammu. “Therefore, there is no constitutional, legal, political or moral status of this so-called instrument of accession,” added Geelani.
He said despite tall claims and parroting about being a great democratic country, India was depriving 15 million people from their birth right.
Geelani said that the authorities in New Delhi shall allow people to exercise their right to self-determination, saying that their predecessors have made commitment in all international forums.
“This is the moral responsibility of India to fulfil their commitment and allow us to live peaceful life,” said Geelani.
Geelani also paid tributes to all the youths killed in the state: “These youths while laying their precious lives and are nourishing a sacred cause with their blood.”
He appealed people to safeguard the sacrifices and stay away from those “strengthening forced and illegal occupation.”
He also paid glorious tributes to Ali Kadal martyrs and said: we are dutybound to follow their mission till its logical end.”