Boycott Cong membership drive; Geelani awares Kashmiri youth

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By: Umer Maqbool
Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday asked students to boycott the program of Congress General Secretary Rahul Gandhi and membership drive of the party in the Valley.
Geelani said he had also approached United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon and parliamentarians of India and Pakistan to draw their attention towards unmarked graves discovered in the state.
Addressing a seminar titled – ‘Human Rights Violations In A Beautiful Prison’ here, Geelani said, “State Government can manage his programs anyway. But I appeal students of Kashmir University to boycott the membership drive of the party. Give befitting reply to Rahul by telling him that Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory.” Asking youth not to fall in the trap of Congress, Geelani said they would exploit the membership drive and “will use it for telling the world that educated youth of Kashmir are with us”.
“On one hand they claim that their drive of enrolling youngsters is apolitical, but on other say that the members would become part of Indian politics. Our youth should remain away from the party,” he said.
Geelani added that Kashmir issue is the creation of Congress party and the promises made by their first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru with Kashmiris have not been fulfilled till date.
The separatist leader said he had written letters to United Nations Secretary General Ban-Ki-Moon and parliamentarians of India and Pakistan to draw their attention towards this grave issue of human rights violations.
“I have urged Ban-Ki-Moon to hold a probe in unmarked graves by International War Crimes Tribunal as they do in other conflict zones of world,” he said, adding that 6500 unmarked graves have been discovered in five districts. “The number would be very high if we will count it in remaining districts of the state,” he added.
Geelani said stone pelting by youth of Kashmir was manifestation of their anger towards New Delhi’s rule.
“It is the expression of anger by our youngsters towards oppression. They fail to control their emotions on seeing men in uniform,” he said, adding that charges of instigating stone-pelting leveled against him by the Government are baseless.
“I remained under house detention for 141 and 140 days in 2010 and 2011 respectively, but stone pelting continued,” he added.
Geelani said amalgam rejects Internal Autonomy, Self Rule and four-point formula of former Pakistan President Parvez Musharraf for the resolution of Kashmir issue.
“Our only demand is that Kashmiris should be given Right to Self Determination to decide their fate. We don’t demand it only for the people of Valley but for Jammu, Gilgit, Baltistan and other parts of JK ,” he said.
He said that documentation of the sacrifices rendered by Kashmiris is must as “It can be used to tell the world about enormity of our sacrifices.”
Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Sheikh Showkat Hussain said, “I don’t deny that one lakh Kashmiris were killed and 10,000 youth were subjected to enforced disappearances during the past 20 years. But if we fail to produce documents to substantiate these claims then our case becomes weak,” he said.
Among others who spoke on the occasion included, Dr Abdul Majid Zargar, senior advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom, Prof Anwar Ashai, Advocate Muhammad Shafi Reshi and other spoke on the occasion. Proceedings of the seminar were conducted by amalgam spokesman Ayaz Akbar.

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