Addressing a press conference at his residence, Geelani also appealed people to stage peaceful protests after Friday prayers on September 6, over Mehta’s concert .
The proposed concert to be held at Shalimar Garden on September 7 has run into rough weather with human rights activists and intellectuals demanding scrapping of the concert.
Civil society groups plan to organise an event of their own way to protest the Zubin Mehta concert.
Meanwhile Syed Ali Geelani supported civil society’s move to organize a parallel programme to that of Zubin Mehta’s controversial concert to be held on Saturday, September 7, 2013.
Responding to a question, Geelani said that civil society has a genuine role in the freedom movement. “If civil society organizes any protest in any form, it is in the interest of the movement.”
Pertinently, a civil society group has decided to organize a ‘parallel’ programme at Municipal Park on the same day when Zubin Mehta will be performing. The civil society group has named its programme as ‘Haqeeqat-i-Kashmir’.
Meanwhile, media persons were allowed to enter the residence of Geelani’s only after registering their names. Police personnel deployed outside Geelani’s residence were asking the media persons to disclose their identity before entering for the coverage of the press conference.