SRINAGAR: Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani paid tribute to the youths martyred in Tral and Pulwama gunfights, and lashed out at the ‘insensitive’ Indian occupation forces for the unabated bloodshed.
“The youth has spilled their blood for the great and sacred cause of Kashmir, and the entire Kashmiri nation is indebted to these martyrs for their ultimate sacrifice. It is the collective responsibility of the people of Kashmir and the leadership to take the ongoing movement to its ultimate realisation,” said Geelani, the chief of his own faction of Hurriyat Conference, in a statement.
He slammed the Indian authorities and said that instead of taking measures to resolve the longstanding issue in its historical perspective, they wanted to impose their will through the barrel of the gun.
“We have been deprived of our freedom right and our youth sacrifice their lives to end the age-old slavery of their nation, putting huge responsibility on our shoulders to honour these sacrifices and take this mission to its logical end,” he added. The Kashmiri leader blamed the Indian occupation forces for the ‘human tragedy’ in the occupied region and said they wanted to prolong their unauthorised occupation.
“We have a duty to carry the mission of our youth to its logical end,” said Geelani while paying tribute to the martyrs.
“Our nation has been striving peacefully for the right to self-determination for 40 years while the Indian occupation force respond ruthlessly in their bid to silence our legitimate voice through coercive means,” he added.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 12th, 2018.