Won’t jump the gun over move: Gee­lani

◗ The Mir­waiz al­leged that the Cen­tre, with the sup­port of lo­cal ‘ quis­lings’, has al­ways un­der­mined the es­tab­lish­ment of a strong peo­ple’s lead­er­ship in J& K

The Asian Age - - Nation - YUSUF JAMEEL

Kash­miri sep­a­ratist leader Syed Ali Shah Gee­lani on Fri­day said that he won’t jump the gun over the gov­ern­ment’s move to lift curbs on him and other sep­a­ratists but con­sult his col­leagues for de­vis­ing a new strat­egy to carry for­ward “our free­dom move­ment.”

In his brief speech to wor­ship­pers at a mosque here, Mr Gee­lani said, “I won’t jump the gun. We will work out a new strat­egy af­ter thor­ough con­sul­ta­tions.” He asked the peo­ple to “re­main stead­fast till the goal of right to self de­ter­mi­na­tion is achieved”.

The Mir­waiz, while speak­ing at Sri­na­gar’s Grand Mosque, al­leged that the Cen­tre, with the sup­port of lo­cal “quis­lings”, has al­ways un­der­mined the es­tab­lish­ment of a strong peo­ple’s lead­er­ship in Jammu and Kash­mir “as they fear that such lead­er­ship which rep­re­sents peo­ple’s as­pi­ra­tions and en­joys their full sup­port is a huge po­lit­i­cal chal­lenge for them”.

He said, “Since 1947, all the gov­ern­ments that ruled In­dia knew that sin­cere and strong lead­er­ship is a threat to their con­trol on Kash­mir, so they have con­stantly un­der­mined it”. He added, “When re­pres­sive means of jail­ing, de­tain­ing, curb­ing and con­fin­ing lead­er­ship fail de­vi­ous tac­tics to dis­credit lead­er­ship and ma­lign them are adopted. Vis­cous pro­pa­ganda, lies and per­sonal smear cam­paigns is launched on print elec­tronic or so­cial me­dia and facts are twisted and ma­nip­u­lated”.

He said that now the po­lice cover pro­vided to him is be­ing raked up and ex­ploited by the gov­ern­ment. “Drums are be­ing beaten about the ex­pen­di­ture in­curred on the cover. What is ob­vi­ous is the pet­ti­ness of such peo­ple that they can play pol­i­tics even on such an is­sue,” he said, adding that the gov­ern­ment was free to take his se­cu­rity back.

“The unity and one­ness of peo­ple of Jammu and Kash­mir will lead to the suc­cess in the free­dom strug­gle.” He added, “The tor­ture cells, jails and other op­pres­sion were not able to de­ter me from the path I have cho­sen. I will stand firm for free­dom move­ment till my last breath,” Mr Ma­lik, with­out di­rectly re­act­ing to the gov­ern­ment’s lift­ing curbs on him and oth­ers, said in a state­ment here.

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