Separatist leader Geelani asks J&K people to resist, issues 5-point ‘programme of action’

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Srinagar: Accusing the Centre of forcing “demographic change” and “settler colonies” in Kashmir in “violation of all international laws” and UN resolutions, All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairperson Syed Ali Geelani has urged Jammu and Kashmir”s people to “resist at this critical juncture”.

In an open letter to the people of occupied Kashmir — which is dated August 23 but surfaced on Sunday — Geelani detailed and condemned recent events, which includes stripping the occupied territory of its special status and a continued communications blackout and lockdown that has been in place in the region for the past three weeks.

Following are the five points listed by Geelani in his letter:

‘Heartfelt appeal’ for peaceful protests
Gillani issued a “heartfelt appeal” to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir to “continue to resist […] the naked Indian brutality with courage”. He urged the resistance to organise “peaceful protests and demonstrations” in their areas.

Govt officials, police to protest against their ‘humiliation’
Geelani called upon Indian government officials, bureaucrats as well as police officers employed from the occupied region to “realise that even when they are hand-in-hand in the oppression of their own people, the Indian State does not trust them”. He urged them to “stand up and protest” against the “humiliation” inflicted upon them by the Indian government.

Kashmiris around the world to act as ‘ambassadors’
Geelani urged Kashmiris living outside the occupied territory to “participate in the resistance struggle by acting as ambassadors of the Kashmiri people all over the world”.

Pakistani leaders to ‘come forward’
The Kashmiri leader also called upon the “people of Pakistan and their leaders in particular, and the Muslim ummah in general [to] come forward at this crucial juncture to help the besieged people of Kashmir”.

Jammu, Ladakh residents to protect their identity
Geelani said that the “Indians State’s occupation and its machinations” threatens not only the people of occupied Kashmir but also the Dogra community of Jammu, Buddhists community in Ladakh, Muslims of Pir Panjal and Kargil.

The Kashmiri leader said that the government’s actions show the “the real deceitful and brutal nature of the Indian State in Kashmir”.

“The rulers from Delhi are drunk [on] power and arrogance of majoritarianism and they have snatched away all precepts of humanity, ethics, and democracy,” he wrote.

“The Indian State subjected the people of Kashmir to a war-like situation, exacerbated by a host of official rumours and psychological warfare, even before the announcement of the decision.”

Geelani also highlighted the measures taken by the Indian government to block local and international media from covering the situation in occupied Kashmir, saying that the state has “long used elaborate deception to obfuscate Kashmiri people’s narrative of struggle at the international level”.

“The oppressors might try to hide the reality, but history will not spare anyone. The blank pages will speak loudly,” he declared.

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