Freeing pro-freedom leaders is a confidence building measure, says BJP

Say they should come out, show the right path to people

Srinagar: Hours after the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani was allowed to offer Friday prayers after eight years of house detention, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that freeing the Hurriyat leadership is the part of Confidence Building Measure (CBM).

BJP State Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul said that the decision to free the Hurriyat leadership is the part of CBM. “Director General of Police (DGP) must have got directions from the government to free the pro-freedom leadership as it is the part of CBM and also a good step,” he said.

He further stated that the leadership should come out and show the right direction to the people of Kashmir.

On Thursday, S. P. Vaid, the head of the state police, stating that Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the three leaders of Joint Resistance Leadership, are “free to carry out their political and social activities. But they have to take the responsibility of not creating any law and order problem. They have to also refrain from making anti-national speeches,” he said.

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Geelani has been under house arrest for the past eight years and he wasn’t allowed to offer Friday prayers in the mosque since then.

Reacting to the government decision of setting Geelani free after eight years, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai said that it is too early to comment on Geelani’s release from house detention. “Their assertions would be proved only when they provide us hassle-free political space,” he said.

Geelani while addressing a gathering at Hyderpora said that he with a sincere heart, want to convey that the people of Kashmir are yearning for peace and are seeking a peaceful resolution to the long- pending Kashmir issue.

He said that India needs to fulfill its promise of giving Kashmiris their right to self-determination to choose their future.

“India is suffering from the arrogance of power and is using an imperialistic and forced attitude in the disputed territory of J&K,” Geelani said in his address to people.

Meanwhile, APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that Govt of India with the support of ‘local quislings’ has always undermined the establishment of leadership as they fear that such leadership which represents peoples aspirations and enjoys their full support, is a huge political challenge for them.


(With inputs from KNS)

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