From his accommodation in New Delhi, Hurriyat G chief Syed Ali Shah Geelani today telephonically addressed a public rally of Pakistan Jamaat-i-Islami in Lahore and urged Pakistanis to elect in the national elections only those leaders who are committed to guard Pakistan’s “ideological frontiers”. He also told the gathering that a stable and a strong Pakistan was in the interest of Kashmiris.
The rally was organised in memory of the Jamaat leader Qazi Hussain Ahmad who passed away recently. The rally was also attended by Islami Jamiat Tulba, Shabab ul Muslimeen and delegates from Egypt, Sudan, Malaysia and Turkey.
“ Kashmiris want a stable and prosperous Pakistan. Only a strong Pakistan can facilitate a Kashmir solution,” Geelani said in his address. He also expressed deep anguish over the deteriorating security situation in Pakistan, and blamed foreign forces for destabilizing the country. “ Pakistan has been hemmed in by foreign conspiracies. Sectarian violence on the other hand has led to fraternal bloodshed”.
The hardline leader called on Pakistanis to elect in the forthcoming general election only those leaders who understand the concept of Pakistan and realize why the country was carved out of undivided India. “The protection of geographical boundaries of Pakistan is only possible if the country’s ideological frontiers are safeguarded. It is therefore necessary that people in Pakistan elect the leaders who recognize and respect the country’s ideological standing as an Islamic country”.
Referring to Pakistan’s composite culture Geelani said that no other ideology other than Islam can save Pakistan. “It was Pakistan’s obliviousness to its founding ideology that led to the creation of Bangladesh,” Geelani said. “ It is therefore necessary that Pakistan unites under the banner of Islam and addresses the egregious problems being faced by it”.
Geelani also talked at length about the situation in Kashmir terming it horrible. “ In Kashmir, India has used its military might to silence the dissent and crush the struggle for Azadi,” Geelani said. “It is a graveyard silence in Kashmir. Pro-freedom leaders are confined to their homes. Thousands of innocent people are behind bars being punished for demanding Azadi”.
Expressing his deep dismay over the possibility of death sentences being meted out to the 91 year old Ghulam Azam and other leaders of Jamaat-i-Islami, Bangladesh, Geelani called on Islamabad to use its influence to stop Dhaka from carrying out these sentences.