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Dal Khalsa leadership met ailing pro-freedom Kashmiri leader Geelani

March 20, 2014 | By

New Delhi/ Amritsar (March 20, 2014): Activists of Dal Khalsa led by its spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh today met Kashmir’s veteran pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani at his New Delhi residence to inquire about his health and well being.

Geelani is in Delhi for medical check-up and treatment after his condition deteriorated in the valley. Representatives of Sikh group remained closeted with ailing leader for one hour.

Kanwar Pal Singh Bittu (L) with Kashmiri Leader Geelani (R)

Kanwar Pal Singh Bittu (L) with Kashmiri Leader Geelani (R)

Informing the media about his visit, Kanwar Pal Singh said they express their solidarity with Kashmiri leader and prayed for his speedy recovery and good health. They discussed geo-political situation in South Asia and current status of the movements of struggling peoples. The Dal Khalsa members conveyed to Geelani that Sikh Diaspora respect and admire him for his untiring and unflinching commitment to Kashmiri’s cause.

Geelani, while interacting with guests dwelt upon the mutual bonds between Sikhs of Punjab and Kashmiri Muslims. He explained that Islam preaches that the strongest ‘bond is the human bond’. He said both the communities have a lot in common and there is an urgent need to strengthen their bonds.

He said Sikhs and Kashmiris are “suppressed peoples with India as the oppressor”. He said “both the communities must develop cooperation level to protect their distinct identities and carry forward their struggle for right to self determination”.

Representatives of both the groups were of the view that the Indian election system lures people in the name of democracy but does not deliver as per the aspirations of the people. They asserted that for struggling people, elections under Indian dispensation were meaningless and a mere farce.

Senior functionary of Hurriyat Conference Altaf Ahmed was also present during the talks.

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