ISLAMABAD: Chairperson of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani, and other pro-freedom leaders and organisations in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK), have termed the charges leveled against Hurriyat leaders by India’s National Investigation Agency (NIA) as fake and false.
According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani stated that the charge sheet filed by the NIA against Altaf Ahmed Shah, Peer Saifullah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Merajuddin, Shahid-ul-Islam, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Farooq Ahmed Dar, Kamran Yousuf, Javaid Ahmed Butt, Zahoor Ahmed Watali and witnesses listed (in the case) are false and fake. He called the entire NIA exercise political vendetta.
The APHC Chairman said that fake allegations and accusations spreading over 13,000 pages and lengthy list of 300 witnesses was a ploy to target the resistance leaders and activists; to malign them and link them with subversive activities and prolong their unlawful detention.
“The incarcerated leaders have nothing to do with the funding case and therefore we demand their unconditional release. There is no constitutional and moral justification to arrest these people and detain them in Tihar Jail,” he said.
Gilani said that the NIA has no role in the disputed territory as Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India.
“The crackdown against resistance leadership and filing of fake charge sheet has been made at the behest of local stooges. It is a propaganda blitzkrieg to defame the Kashmir movement and resistance leadership,” he added.
He further stressed that, “New Delhi is coercing Hurriyat leadership and enforcing dialogue through the barrel of gun. It is a well thought-out ploy to hoodwink the international community. We are facing appalling situation for the past 70 years. They (rulers) are living in an illusion that they will make us surrender.”
While referring to a recent statement of Indian army chief, Gilani said, “We have witnessed massacres in Sopore, Gaw Kadal, Handwara, Bijbehara, Zakura and we are committed to pursue freedom movement till it reaches its logical end. A hype of so-called terror is being created to justify the use of state power.”
Hurriyat leaders and organisations including Farida Bahenji, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Merajuddin Soleh, and Jammu and Kashmir National Front in their statements rejected the NIA charge sheet against several Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders. They said India wants to break the will of resistance leaders by resorting to character assassination campaign but would never succeed in its nefarious designs.