Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani today said “the Indian people along with its armed forces were brothers of Kashmiris in accordance to their faith. He, however, added, “Despite use of force “they (Indians) will never succeed in holding them (Kashmiris) back. The current struggle for right to self-determination will continue.”
“In 2009 we started the campaign of demilitarization and in 2010 we intensified this campaign by a common and famous slogan ‘Go India Go Back’. Masarat Aalam is still languishing in jail for actively participating and galvanizing this campaign. Today also very politely and humbly we request these armed forces that they failed to win our hearts for the last 70 long years and they will never be able to do so in future as well,” Geelani according to party statement said before he was arrested while leaving for Badami Bagh Cantonment to deliver a letter asking the army to vacate from Jammu and Kashmir.
“Our basic right, the right to self-determination, has been promised by none other than the first Prime Minister of India, Jawahar Lal Nehru not only in Indian Parliament in 1952, but in Kashmir’s historical Lal Chowk in front of lakhs of people. He at that time said this is a commitment not only with Kashmiris but to the whole world that India will allow the people of Jammu and Kashmir to decide their future on their own as they (Indians) don’t believe in forced marriages,” said a spokesman of the Hurriyat , in a statement today, quoting Geelani.