Unmask Sarpanch Killers: Geelani

“Jairam’s Remarks On K-Policy Admission Of Fact”

SRINAGAR: Seeking to distance militants from the killing of panchayat members, the chairman of the Hurriyat (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Tuesday said that targeting innocent or unarmed individuals on the basis of ideological differences had no justification, and called for exposing the perpetrators.

The separatist leader said that union minister Jairam Ramesh’s remarks of intelligence agencies dictating New Delhi’s Kashmir policy was an admission of facts, “but the individual should go farther and concede that Kashmir is an issue of dispute.”

A day after a sarpanch was gunned down in the southern town of Pulwama, Geelani said that the perpetrators of such acts could not be “supporters or well-wishers of the Kashmir movement.”

“There is no justification for killing an innocent or unarmed person on the basis of ideological differences,” the Hurriyat leader said. “Such acts are not compatible with the ongoing struggle of the Kashmiri people.”

“Individuals involved in these killings deserve to be condemned,” he said. “Killing of innocent people has nothing to do with the Kashmir movement. The killers should be exposed.”

“They can be anybody. They can be those working for forces and intelligence agencies,” he said.

“During Farooq Abdullah’s rule, Ikhwanis were brought into existence. And as a rule, the gunmen took shelter in paramilitary or army camps after carrying out their deeds.”

Geelani welcomed the statement by union minister Jairam Ramesh that New Delhi’s Kashmir policy was under the control of security and intelligence agencies.

“It is good that people from New Delhi too have begun to concede the actual reality,” he said.

“No rules or laws are followed in Kashmir. There is only army and police raj,” he said.

“The Indian leadership likes whatever suits the interests of the intelligence and security agencies,” he said.

“Indian rulers and politicians are not concerned about the Kashmiri people and their basic human rights,” he said.

“Muhammad Afzal Guru was executed solely to satisfy what has been described as the collective conscience of the nation. And neither his, nor Muhammad Maqbool Bhat’s, mortal remains are being returned to their families.

“Is this democracy?”

“India cannot suppress the sentiments of Kashmiris by force and power. Every Indian gambit over the past six decades has failed, and will continue to fail henceforth as well,” he said.

“Jairam Ramesh should concede the disputed status of Kashmir, and admit that the region is being held under forced and illegal occupation,” he said.

Geelani asked Kashmiri parents to desist from sending their children to schools established by the army.

“Innocent children are being brain-washed in such schools so that they do not raise their voice against the Indian occupation of their homeland,” he said. 

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