JNU, Geelani Row: Azadi leaders warn GoI, yet again

JNU, Geelani Row: Azadi leaders warn GoI, yet again

SRINAGAR: The pro-freedom leaders on Saturday yet again threatened to protest against the detention of SAR Geelani and crackdown on the students in New Delhi.
Chairman JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, said a “systematic and integrated” approach would be adopted by Kashmiris if “prejudice” against SAR Geelani was not ended forthwith.
“Kashmiris will not watch this oppression silently. If this prejudice against SAR Geelani and others is not stopped, we will stand against it with a systematic and integrated approach,” Malik said in a statement issued here.
He said denial of bail to SAR Geelani revealed “the enmity of Indian rulers against Kashmiri Muslims”.
He said the judge’s remarks about Geelani appearing “guilty of sedition in prima facie” showed that the trail was not fair.
“Being a Muslim and a Kashmiri is a crime in the eyes of Indian authorities, and this is evident from these recent events. One cannot expect justice and equal treatment at a place where people are hanged on the pretext of satisfying ‘collective conscience’,” Malik said.
He appealed the international human rights organisations to shun their “careless attitude” and try to “save people from the oppressive behavior of Indian rulers and their authorities”.
Meanwhile, a JKLF delegation visited Pulwama to express solidarity with the bereaved families of the two students killed in the district on Sunday.
Another party delegation visited SMHS Hospital here to see people injured in the incident.
‘Kashmir will not remain silent’
Terming the rejection of bail to SAR Geelani as “politically motivated”, Hurriyat Conference (G) said Kashmir not remain silent if the crackdown in Delhi wasn’t stopped.
“Kashmiri nation will not remain silent if SAR Geelani is not released and the crackdown against Kashmiri students in Delhi not stopped forthwith. A strong reaction will come to fore against this state-terrorism,” a spokesman of the conglomerate said in a statement issued here.
He said the case of Geelani was being treated “the Afzal way”.
“The bail application of SAR Geelani was rejected under the public and media pressure like it was done in case of Afzal Guru. Geelani did nothing that could invite sedition charges or justify the denial of his bail. It is just a vengeance policy for the crime of being a Kashmiri Muslim,” he said.
Expressed surprise over the judge’s remarks, he said: “The court was not having any solid reason to reject the bail application. It is the negative propaganda of Indian media and communal groups that is influencing the decision,” he said.
“The extremely-biased and step-motherly treatment of the Indian government, law enforcement agencies, and Indian media towards Kashmir is not hidden from anybody, but the biased approach of judiciary is most sorrowful,” he said.

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