Geelani Against Killings Of Panchs, Sarpanchs

‘No Need For Americans To Leave Valley’

Srinagar – Denouncing the recent killings of Panchs and Sarpanchs, Hurriyat conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Saturday said that his party, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and the conglomerate, Hurriyat Conference (G) did not believe in killings on the basis of political differences.

“We reckon that like other pro-India parties, Panchs and Sarpanchs are anti-movement, but we denounce their killings on the basis of political ideologies,” Geelani told a press conference at his Hyderpora residence.

He accused the government of implicating Tehreek-e-Hurriyat workers in false cases, saying the government was hell bent to suppress the organization and Hurriyat (G) by not only harassing their cadres but also framing them in false cases.

“They have arrested Tehreek’s tehsil president for Pattan, Abdullah Nasir, for alleged involvement in the killing of a Sarpanch.” Geelani challenged the government that there was any weight in their charges, Nasir should be tried in an open court.

“We are against the killing of innocent people and let me remind you that during the mass protest in 2010, we appealed to people against arson, stone pelting and gheraos,” Geelani said, adding that the government was not providing them political space and wanted to suppress them by framing its workers in fake cases so that it gets an alibi to suppress them. “I have been under continued house arrest for the past around two years and have not been allowed even to offer Friday prayers,” he said.

While rejecting the alleged involvement of Abdullah Nasir in the killing of Sarpanch, Geelani said, “He was called by police five days ago and detained and charged under section 302. I challenge the government and police to try him in open court and prove that he was involved in the incident.” He however warmed that it could have serious implications, if the trend was not arrested soon.

Meanwhile, replying questions regarding Grand Mufti’s diktat to Americans asking them to leave the valley, Geelani said there was no need for them (US citizens) to leave. “Islam advocates peace and security to non-Muslims and it is our duty to protect them. Islam does not allow for punishing anyone for someone else’s crimes”, the octogenarian leader said.

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