Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani praised Pakistan and said that they are friends and well-wisher.
“Pakistan and its people shared our pain and raised their voice in our support… Pakistan and its people have taken an ethical stand to support our struggle morally, politically and diplomatically,” he said.
In a letter released to the media after authorities did not allow him to address a press conference, he said Kashmiris are close to freedom.
“The current phase of the freedom struggle has provided a powerful push towards our goal of freedom, which is very much in sight,” said Geelani.
Syed Ali Shah Geelani
He also accused the government of formulating ‘a kill list’, targeting pro-freedom leaders and activists.
The Hurriyat leader said, “They have identified pro-freedom leaders and activists and those civil society members, business leaders, government employees and journalists, who have not succumbed to their machinations. This is a very serious issue and we warn the occupier and their local stooges that any such misadventure will have serious repercussion.” At least 75 people have been killed and over 10,000 injured in violent clashes between the security forces and civilians following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani in July.