Geelani builds case for international aid

Asks Govt to allow him to collect donations from abroad

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Sayed Ali Geelani, Wednesday cautioned the government that they should put in place concrete measures to rehabilitate the flood affected traders, farmers and people who have been rendered homeless before the winter season starts.

“And if they are not in a position to do that, they should issue me my travel documents so that I can collect donations in foreign countries and help my people to start a new life and compensate their losses,” he said in a statement.
He said that by helping the flood victims government is not going them any favor because “India is looting the natural resources of Jammu & Kashmir for last six decades and collects huge taxes from the same traders and shopkeepers who were affected by recent floods.”
Hurriyat (G) chairman further said, “India is occupying Jammu & Kashmir with the help of its military might so it is their responsibility to compensate the flood affected people for their losses and rehabilitate them as soon as possible.” He further said that the failure of the government machinery and delay in the rehabilitation works is giving an impression that the government is either not in a position to do it or they don’t want to do it.
Geelani said that world community particularly Muslim countries have taken serious notice of the destruction caused by the floods in Jammu & Kashmir and the ‘response which we received to our appeal for help is very encouraging.’ He said, “If government issues me travel documents, I believe I will collect as much donation for Jammu & Kashmir in foreign countries that we can compensate the losses.”
Meanwhile, Geelani and Hurriyat General Secretary Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai today took stock of the situation at the central relief camp at Hyderpora and issued instructions for speeding up the relief work. A team led by Peer Saifullah and Dr. Naseem Geelani distributed relief material among the affected people of Alochi Bagh and another teams to Nowgam, Chadoora and Bemina.
Under the supervision of district president Islamabad, Mir Hafizullah, ration and other relief material was distributed worth lakhs of rupees in Dewaan Colony of Naibasti, Khanbal, Danter, Aaram Pora, Uran Haal, Hallmullah and in many villages of Bijbehara.
Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that Geelani, although not keeping well, is monitoring the relief work. Today morning he took stock of the situation at central relief camp at Hyderpora and stressed upon discipline during the distribution process and speeding up the relief works. He said that Tehreek-e-Hurriyat is very much concerned that no one should suffer due to starvation in this situation.
Geelani thanked and praised youths who worked as volunteers day and night to help the needy people. “We can’t give them anything but their work is recorded with Almighty Allah and He will give them best returns,” Geelani said. (KNS)

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