Kashmir Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani mentioned Pakistan as a friend. He also referred India as an occupying force. On Friday, he said, Kashmiris are “close to freedom”. If the center will attempt to engage with them, then it is farcical.
When the authorities did not allow him to attend a press conference in Srinagar, Geelani released a letter to media in which he wrote, “The current phase of the freedom struggle has provided a powerful push towards our goal of freedom, which is very much in sight”. He was supposed to attend a press meeting at his residence in Hyderpola at 11 am. But the Srinagar authority imposed restrictions on the roads which are leading to Geelani’s house. Authority did not allow any media person to proceed through that road neither to his house. After few minutes, police asked the median persons to leave the arena.
Jammu and Kashmir Director General of Police, Mr. K Rajendra Kumar said, “I don’t know why the press conference was not allowed. The decision must have been taken at the appropriate level”. He has also added “If his statement has anything anti-national, anything against the law, it will attract action.” in his statement.
In July, at least 75 people got killed along with 10,000 injured people in the violent clashes between civilians and security forces on the death of Hizbul Mujahideen Militant Burhan Wani.