Hurriyat leader Geelani urges Kashmiris to unite, issues 5-point ‘programme of action’

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1)  Geelani issues ‘heartfelt appeal’ for peaceful protests against brutalities

2)  Asks government
officials, police to protest against their ‘humiliation’

3)  Tells Kashmiris
around the world to act as ‘ambassadors’

4)  Calls upon
Pakistani leaders to ‘come forward’ to help besieged Kashmiris

5)  Jammu, Ladakh
residents asked to protect their identity

Agencies (AUGUST 26, 2019)

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Chairman Syed Ali
Shah Geelani has issued a five-point “programme of action” for resistance
against the Indian government and called upon the residents of the occupied
region of Jammu and Kashmir, Indian police officials deployed in the territory,
and the Pakistani people to “resist” New Delhi’s “campaign of brutal
repression” following the repealing of Article 370 of the Indian constitution.

In an open letter to the people of Indian-held Kashmir
(IHK)  which is dated August 23 but
surfaced on Sunday  Geelani detailed and
condemned recent events, which include stripping the occupied territory of its
special status and a continued communications blackout and lockdown that has
been in place in the region for the past three weeks.

‘Heartfelt appeal’

Geelani issued a “heartfelt appeal” to the residents of
Jammu and Kashmir to “continue to resist […] the naked Indian brutality with
courage”. He urged the resistance to organise “peaceful protests and
demonstrations” in their areas.

“While doing so, we must remain absolutely disciplined
and not give the enemy, who is armed and ready to kill, any excuse whatsoever
to hurt our lives and property. It is very important that our demonstrations
remain absolutely peaceful so that more and more people are able to join. If
the Indian armed forces still attack our gatherings, the entire responsibility
for the possible loss of lives and property will be on them, and the world will
remain witness to their deeds.”

Protest against humiliation

Geelani called upon Indian government officials,
bureaucrats as well as police officers employed from the occupied region to
“realise that even when they are hand-in-hand in the oppression of their own
people, the Indian state does not trust them”. He urged them to “stand up and
protest” against the “humiliation” inflicted upon them by the Indian
government.

“We have all seen how during the recent events, the Jammu
and Kashmir police force was disarmed and the entire command was given to the
Indian Army and paramilitaries,” Geelani pointed out.

“Even if such a humiliation does not awake them to stand
up and protest, probably nothing will, and then they should mourn their
consciousness and faith, and wait for their destiny of total irrelevance like
pro-India politicians in Kashmir.”

Kashmiris as ambassadors

Geelani urged Kashmiris living outside the occupied
territory to “participate in the resistance struggle by acting as ambassadors
of the Kashmiri people all over the world”.

“They should use their knowledge of Kashmir’s history and
their own lived experiences to highlight the oppression and brutalities of the
Indian state. They should also connect with other marginalised and struggling
nationalities in other parts of the world and forge solidarities of
resistance.”

Pakistani leaders to ‘come forward’

The Kashmiri leader also called upon the “people of
Pakistan and their leaders in particular, and the Muslim ummah in general [to]
come forward at this crucial juncture to help the besieged people of Kashmir”.

“You are an important party to the Kashmir dispute and
this is the time for unity and action,” he said.

“Today, if you once again get ensconced in so-called
pragmatism and fail to act decisively, then neither history will forgive you
nor will your coming generations. You must continue to heighten your political
and diplomatic initiatives to the highest level and respond to the deceit of
the Indian occupation with full strength and determination.”

‘Protect your identity’

Geelani said that the “Indians state’s occupation and its
machinations” threatens not only the people of IHK but also the Dogra community
of Jammu, Buddhists community in Ladakh and Muslims of Pir Panjal and Kargil.

“The Indian state not only wants to occupy our land, but
it also intends to destroy our collective identity and brotherhood,” he warned.
“We must not allow their heinous plot to succeed at any cost. We must all
together stand with the resistance struggle to secure our lives, property, and
our demographic character.”

“India should know that even if they bring their entire
armed forces into our State, even then the people of Jammu and Kashmir will not
let go the struggle for their rights and liberation,” he added. The Kashmiri
leader said that the government’s actions show the “the real deceitful and
brutal nature of the Indian state in Kashmir”.

“The rulers from Delhi are drunk [on] power and arrogance
of majoritarianism and they have snatched away all precepts of humanity,
ethics, and democracy,” he wrote. “The Indian state subjected the people of
Kashmir to a war-like situation, exacerbated by a host of official rumours and
psychological warfare, even before the announcement of the decision.”

Geelani also highlighted the measures taken by the Indian
government to block local and international media from covering the situation
in IHK, saying that the state has “long used elaborate deception to obfuscate
Kashmiri people’s narrative of struggle at the international level”.

“The oppressors might try to hide the reality, but
history will not spare anyone. The blank pages will speak loudly,” he declared.

“In spite of India’s best efforts, Kashmir issue is being
highlighted throughout the world like never before,” Geelani added. “The
recently concluded United Nations Security Council meeting on Kashmir as well
as the international media coverage are its clear examples. In this scenario,
we hope that this message reaches you via the international media.”

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