SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Geelani, has expressed “deep concern” over the reports that 162 person including 30 civilians were killed in militancy related incidents during the past six months.
He said India is in a position and can help resolve the long pending dispute of Kashmir and that sincere efforts are needed to ascertain the people’s aspirations which is the only key to solution and to put an end to continuous bloodshed and uncertainty in the subcontinent.
In a statement, Geelani while blaming Indian authorities for continuous bloodshed said their “haughty and stubborn” attitude is the prime cause of present “mayhem”.
“There is no point to derive any pleasure from present killing cycle or enjoy this carnage. Those killed during last six months are very much related to our society. We deeply feel this as loss of precious lives is a lifelong agony for those grieved families,” he said.
Geelani said for the last 27 years, we are facing awful situations and killing spree, with the result that thousands of families were shattered.
He said neither Pakistan nor the people of Kashmir are to be blamed for this. “The people in state are peace-loving and with their human heart are always ready to help those in distress,” he said.
The Hurriyat chairman said people of the state through peaceful means pursued their rightful freedom struggle under the banner of Plebiscite Front and Muslim United Front. “However, authorities in Delhi never pronounced any serious effort to redress grievances or fulfill their pledge with the people.”
Referring to 2008 and 2010 uprisings, Geelani said people in order to press for their demands took to streets and staged peaceful protests to impress authorities and the international community but were met with “brute force”.
Lashing out at Indian authorities for their “inhuman” approach, Geelani said it is Delhi’s “arrogant and stubborn” approach that is giving rise to uncertainty and multiplying human tragedies.
“Political space is being choked and freedom of speech denied. Authorities are executing their age-old practice of detentions and intimidations. Every coercive action has its implications and likely reactions are expected as it is a law of nature.”
On the United States’ declaring of Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salaahuddin as “Global Terrorist”, Geelani said looking back his (Salaahuddin’s) thirty-year-long period of peaceful political career, it is quite evident that he is not a terrorist but a prominent politician who has a record of contesting election as a candidate for the Muslim United Front. He said Salaahuddin opted for “other means” after being denied the political space.