Ratanpuri sees illegally confined Gilani from distance

Ratanpuri sees illegally confined Gilani from distance


Srinagar, February 25, 2013 (PPI-OT): The pro-India National Conference leader and Member of Indian Parliament from occupied Kashmir, Ghulam Nabi Ratanpuri, has said that the veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader.

Ratanpuri in an interview to a Srinagar-based daily over telephone from New Delhi said, “My conscience prompted me to pay a visit to a person who is aged and ailing.” He said that Syed Ali Gilani’s stand on right to self-determination was the same for which the National Conference founder, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, remained imprisoned for 22 years.

While the MP was not allowed to shake hands with Syed Ali Gilani, Ratanpuri said that he had somehow managed to talk to him from a distance “for at least five minutes.” “I talked to him from a distance as policemen deployed outside his residence did not allow me to enter his room,” Ratanpuri said.

Days after writing a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh saying ‘given a chance, Kashmiris will opt for Azadi’, Ratanpuri’s new gesture surprised many in New Delhi. Gilani’s mobile phones have been seized by the Delhi police, rendering him incommunicado, since February 9, the day when Muhammad Afzal Guru was hanged.

Ratanpuri said that Sheikh Abdullah was put behind bars for 22 years for demanding the right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Gilani sahib is saying the same thing today. The only difference is that people were allowed to meet Sheikh sahib in prison while nobody is allowed to meet Gilani sahib at his residence,” he added.

Ratanpuri said that the veteran leader had told him that he had been detained without any formal orders. “I spoke to the Assistant Commissioner of Police (New Delhi). He told me there is no permission [to meet Gilani],” Rattanpuri said, adding that he also called the Commissioner of Delhi Police.

“He did not respond to my repeated calls and messages. Before leaving the place, I went again to the entrance of Gilani sahib’s flat. He with his Begum sahiba and daughter smiled at me,” the NC leader wrote on Facebook wall.

“I felt sorry for the duplicity of world’s largest democracy. This differential treatment and discrimination has contributed immensely to complexity of the Kashmir problem and the wedge between Kashmir and Delhi. But we have to continue peaceful fight,” he added.

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