Gilani autobiography released

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Srinagar: Holding people as well Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah equally responsible for “cementing New Delhi’s rule in Kashmir” Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani here said that people got carried away with the land-to-tiller reforms.

“They thought Sheikh Abdullah has done them a great favour, but actually he sold the land as well as the people to India,” said the senior separatist leader during the release function of second part of his 686-page autobiography Wullar Key Kinarey (On the Banks of the Wullar) at his residence here on October 10. Foreword of the autobiography is written by Prof. Khurshid Ahmad, head of Pakistan’s Institute of Policy Studies. The book was written mostly during his constant house arrest since 2010.

Members of three families, whose 19, eight and four members have been allegedly killed by the Army, released the autobiography.

The book also deals with the formation and division of Muslim United Front and the causes of eruption of armed struggle in Kashmir in 1988 after the vastly rigged assembly elections. Gilani has dealt with the birth and evolution of Hurriyat Conference.

Gilani has claimed in his autobiography that when militancy started in J&K (around 1990), the central government offered to make him the “prime minister” of the state and thereafter also on many occasions other attractive offers were made to him but he was not prepared to abandon his principles and stand. During his incarceration he was frequently tortured which are also described in detail in this book.

Geelani stated that after the holy relic movement, Action Committee should have pressed for “accomplishment of the actual goal instead of Sheikh Abdullah’s release. The result is before us - Military, cultural aggression, women raped, one lakh people killed and thousands subjected to enforced disappearance.”

Warning the authorities of the University of Kashmir and Islamic University at Awantipora, he asked them to stay away from “propagating cultural aggression in their universities.”

Referring to the recent visit of business tycoons of India to Kashmir, Geelani termed it as ‘replicate designs of East India Company’. “Tatas and Birlas are coming here with an agenda to facilitate New Delhi’s rule.”

Condemning the attack on Malala Yusufzai in Peshawar (Pakistan), Geelani said, “Whatever Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan is doing in the name of Islam is condemnable. This is totally un-Islamic.” He, however, supported Afghan Taliban saying they are fighting a foreign occupation. 

This article appeared in The Milli Gazette print issue of 1-15 November 2012 on page no. 1

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