SRINAGAR: Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, who continues to be under house arrest, was again not allowed to offer Friday prayers.
In a statement a spokesperson of Hurriyat (G) said Geelani was never allowed to offer Friday prayers in local mosque. “A large contingent of police is surrounding his residence and the visitors are subjected to harsh questioning and enquiries,” he said.
Meanwhile, the spokesman said that amid government move for musical concert, the media men from West continue to visit Hyderpora residence of Geelani.
“Media men from newspapers and broadcasting organization of international repute including New York Times, Washington Post, BBC, National Radio of USA and German television in their interview with Geelani asked about the latest developments and his stand with respect to Kashmir issue and music concert organized by German embassy. Delhi in a bid is hell-bent to mislead international community,” Geelani said.
While briefing the world media about the ground realities he added that people of Kashmir with their sincere heart have always greeted tourists and visiting personalities and said that “we don’t keep any sort of grudge against any nor have we any enmity with a particular person.”
In his comments over the Zubin Mehta’s musical concert, Geelani said that it was more politically motivated than a cultural show and added that India under this garb intends to convey the distorted picture as per its agenda. In his interaction with foreign media he briefed them about the grim situation prevailing in valley and said that “our nation is in a state of mourning and Delhi has turned down our demand for mortal remains of Mohammad Afzal Guroo.”
While expressing his dismay said that when entire nation is protesting against the forced disappearance of more than ten thousand youth and the innocents killed in Markundal and Gool incidents the “Indian authorities in collaboration with Germany are presenting the interpretation of the situation as per their ploy and portray the situation otherwise and as if there is no problem.”
Speaking to Daily New York Times, Geelani said that although European Union supports “our cause for right to self-determination, however contrary to this German government does not understand its responsibility.”
Disappointed over ‘indifferent and insensitive attitude of Germany’ to aspirations of Kashmiri people, Syed Ali Geelani also wrote a letter to German Chancellor Angela Merkel seeking her immediate intervention in stopping Zubin Mehta’s musical concert scheduled to be held tomorrow at Shalimar garden.
“The Kashmiri people had high hopes that Germany after reunification will play a meaningful and responsible role in resolution of Kashmir dispute for an enduring and just peace in South Asia. But Kashmiris are dismayed and disappointed over decision of German Embassy in India to organize Zubin Mehta’s musical concert in Kashmir,” Geelani wrote in the letter.
He said despite concerns and opposition by Kashmiri people, the German embassy has decided to go ahead with the concert. “We believe that this concert is being used by India to legitimize its ‘military occupation of Kashmir’ and ‘whitewash shameful atrocities’ in Kashmir”.
Referring to German intention in organizing the musical concert, Geelani said, “We are convinced of Germany’s good intentions but are disappointed that the initiative of German embassy is indifferent and insensitive to the aspirations of Kashmiri people”.
“We are also disappointed that the German embassy in India has relied on the same security grid for the concert, which has been internationally indicted for its serious human rights violations. We hope you would immediately intervene to stop this concert as it is a very unfortunate development in relation to the future of peace in this region,” he wrote.
The September 7 musical concert by Mumbai-born Western classical music maestro Zubin Mehta has run into rough weather with separatists, religious leader and civil society members opposing holding of musical show.
“Kashmiri people have always been grateful for the principled support for universal human rights and a peaceful, negotiated settlement to all international disputes by the members of the European Union,” further wrote Geelani, who has called for shutdown tomorrow.
He said Kashmiris still wait with patience for that day when they could join the larger collective struggle for a new era of justice and peace. “It is for this reason Kashmiris expressed unwavering support for United Nations resolutions on Kashmir even as the international community did little to honour its commitments and responsibilities to the Kashmiri people”.
The ailing pro-freedom Kashmiri leader said the decision by Germany Embassy to organize musical concert against the wishes of the Kashmiri people has forced him to seek your intervention. “Kashmir is a disputed territory and such an intervention undermines the efforts of Kashmir people, who have been struggling against India’s illegal military occupation since 1947.”.
Stating that Kashmir and Kashmiri culture goes back thousands of years and Kashmiris are eager for cultural exchanges and dialogue with rest of the world, he said, “When culture is used to whitewash human rights abuses, dilute Kashmir’s disputed status and project a false image of a wounded Kashmir to the world, it pains us that the great German people are being made complicit by India in such a blatant distortion of the truth”.
While concluding the letter, Geelani wrote, “I would in the end again reiterate the commitment of the Kashmiri people to a meaningful friendship with Germany and invite you to Kashmir to witness for yourself the oppression which Kashmiris face even in their everyday lives. I again appeal you as a leader of Germany and Europe to intervene in this matter”. NNI