Valley turned into a virtual prison: Ali Gilani

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, veteran Kashmir Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the occupation authorities have turned the Kashmir Valley into a virtual prison and waged a war against unarmed Kashmiris to suppress the ongoing movement.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani, talking to mediamen at his residence in Srinagar said, “The Valley has been turned into a prison and marshal law has been imposed to suppress the aspirations of Kashmiris. In prison, the inmates are allowed basic amenities.

But in the Valley, the troopers and cops are leaving no stone unturned to confine the Kashmiris to their homes and starve them to death. This is the worst form of state terrorism.” He said that the troopers and policemen at the behest of New Delhi and the puppet administration were behaving in such an aggressive way with unarmed Kashmir as if they were fighting a super power in the Valley.

He condemned hampering of medial emergencies, supply of milk and essential supplies across the Valley. “The troopers and cops are so frustrated that they have been spilling the milk on roads. The newborn babies are sufferings for want of milk and medicines. This has exposed the façade of India’s so-called democracy,” he added. He appealed the child rights organizations particularly the UNICEF to take cognizance of sufferings of newborn babies and impress upon India not to hinder the essential supplies particularly baby food, medicines and milk. Syed Ali Gilani denounced the killing of innocent civilians and curbs imposed by the authorities on media to prevent coverage of atrocities on people by the occupation forces. “On one hand, India shows concern to save the Tiger and other endangered animals and on the other is treating Kashmiris worst than animals just for suppressing their aspirations. The international community must take note of India’s hypocrisy,” he said.

The veteran leader castigated the authorities for launching propaganda against the program announced by him in connection with the Quit Kashmir Movement for staging sit-ins near the camps of troops and paramilitary forces on September 21, Tuesday. “I want to maintain that the objective of our program is to remind the Indian forces that they might be serving the national interest by performing duties, but their presence in Kashmir has no legal or democratic sanction. We want to awaken the conscience of the troopers that in the name of national interest they are committing rapes, killings and torturing Kashmiris,” he said.

Syed Ali Gilani deplored that while Kashmiris were sacrificing their lives for withdrawal of troopers from the Valley, the authorities were planning to establish an Army camp on 18 kanals of land in Pazalpora in Sopore. He expressed concern over the situation in Tangmarg and said that after the Monday’s shootout, nobody was being allowed to go there to know the condition of people. He pointed out that the ongoing movement had reached a decisive phase and even the people living in heavily militarized areas of the territory had extended their support. He rejected unconditional dialogue with New Delhi and maintained that the ongoing movement would continue until the five demands put forth by him were implemented on ground.

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