Khateebs should highlight Gool Gujral issue today: Geelani

SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference G on Thursday asked the clerics, who give sermons, to aware people of Kashmir about the plight of Muslims in Gole Gujral of Jammu.  Geelani condemned the Jammu Development Authority’s decision to forcibly evict the ethnic Gujjars from Gool Gujral, saying that such actions were unwarranted and against the principles of humanity. “If the JDA claims that the eviction drive has been launched on court orders, than judiciary should also look into the issue on humanitarian basis. The judges too are human beings and they should feel the pain of those families who are being evicted without any relocation plans,” he observed.

Geelani appealed all the Imams (clerics) to discuss the eviction of Gujjars in their Friday congregational addresses  as the Gujjars who are being evicted in Jammu. “There are around a hundred families of Gujjars who were basically forcibly shifted by forces and later when they took refuge in Gole Gujral, now the state administration is hell-bent to make their life hell,” he added. He said that eviction of Gujjar families sans any logic as the same is being carried out without offering these families an alternative place for their settlement. “These families are suffering at the hands of administration which has sought support from CRPF and police for their forcible eviction after 26 years of their settlement at the place. This is strongly commendable,” he added.  

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