Geelani placed under House Arrest

Jammu and Kashmir news

Hardline faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has been placed under House Arrest. According to the local reports said that this has been done to prevent him from holding the anti-India seminar that he has announced for June 14.

Geelani had recently announced that he would hold a seminar of separatist leaders, including the Sikh groups, Christian community representatives and other minority groups. The seminar is scheduled for June 14 and is expected to discuss the topic ‘How to resist the Indian State Fascism’.

Personalities like Akali Dal leader Simranjit Singh Mann, Dal Khalsa leader Kanwarpal Singh, noted human rights activist Gautam Navlakha and representatives of the Christian community have been invited for the proposed seminar.  Prominent scholars, intellectuals, writers and “pro-freedom leaders” of Kashmir are likely to participate as well.

On Thursday, Geelani was quoted by the Kashmir Times, as saying that efforts were being made by “secret agencies to destablise Sopore, which is a stronghold for the ongoing movement.”

In a statement, he said that since 1931, the town of Sopore has been a strong fort of the struggle of Kashmir and now the secret agencies under a planned manner want to divide and weaken this fort.

He also expressed his deep concern and anguish over the reports that the residents of the Sopore are being threatened and warned through posters with different names. He was particular in mentioning terror groups ISIS and the TTP in this regard.