SRINAGAR (KNS) – Asserting that the National Conference-led coalition government had turned Jammu and Kashmir into a jail, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Saturday accused the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, of surpassing his father and grandfather in human rights violations in the state.
Addressing a seminar on Human Rights In Kashmir at his Hyderpora residence, Geelani claimed the graph of human rights abuses in the state had shown marked upward trend during Omar-led rule. Turning the state into a jail, Omar has done what his grand-father too had not been able to do, he said.
Geelani alleged attempts were being made as part of a planned conspiracy to change the demographic character of Jammu and Kashmir by converting it into a Hindu majority state. Most top positions in the civil and police administration are held by non-Muslims. The governor, the director-general of police, five inspectors-general of police, 67 IAS officers and 50 administrative secretaries are Hindus. And, all this is done to perpetuate the occupation, he said.
Accusing National Conference of harming the special status of the state, Geelani said not long ago, the party used to call the Congress workers as worms of the gutter and its leaders are not jostling with one another to garland them
On the recent statement of the NC general-secretary that Sheikh Abdullah had not signed the 1975 Accord, Geelani asked how then had the NC patriarch taken over government of the state and why did the party cling to power ever since. Since 1975, NC is enjoying power and befooling the gullible state people, he said.
Lauding the state people for their sacrifices for freedom, Geelani, however, said they had not been able to protect these. After sacrificing their loved ones, people are now seen in long queues outside polling booths and thus strengthened New Delhis hands, he lamented. He said there was need for the people to realize how harmful it could be for the freedom movement.
Speaking on the occasion, prominent civil society activist, Prof Hameeda Nayeem, expressed her surprise over the proposed visit of Hurriyat Conference (M) delegation to Pakistan.
Has Pakistan ever questioned the Kashmiris status as the principal party to Kashmir dispute? I dont know who these leaders are and wherefrom they have been thrust on the people. Kashmir is not just Jamia Masjid, she said. Without naming anyone, she asked how these leaders claimed to represent entire Kashmir and were about to proceed on a trip sans any purpose.
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