SRINAGAR, Sep 11 (SABAH): Chairman of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has said that the talk of developmental projects in Jammu and Kashmir is “meaningless when people are facing repression.”
Commenting on a meeting between Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and Home Minister Rajnath Singh, Geelani said: “It is meaningless to talk about development of J&K as all these projects are just a prank and elusive dreams as people are being mercilessly killed, maimed, blinded, women molested, properties vandalised and there is no guarantee of life and dignity and every soul is at stake.”
“We have a bitter experience and are witness to the fact that New Delhi exploited our resources and state authorities bargained these power projects for their vested interests. They can’t befool pro-freedom people,” he said.
He said that on the one hand, they are parroting about so-called development and on the other “following their sinister designs of changing and altering the demography of the state by aiming to amend and do away with Article 370 and Article 35-A.” Geelani thanked people for observing complete shutdown against the visit of Home Minister and NIA raids, on Sunday. “Overwhelming support of people for right to self-determination has frustrated New Delhi,” he said.
“People should not get swayed by hollow slogans of state authorities and I urge them to follow mission of freedom with steadfastness, persistence and commitment.” Paying glorious tributes to youth slain in Shopian and Sopore gunfights, Geelani said that “we are pursuing the mission of Shahid Ahmad and all others who laid down their lives for a sacred cause.”