Geelani reiterates post-Friday protest call

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Thursday reiterated his call for protests after Friday prayers against the killing of Nawakadal youth Bashir Ahmad Bhat and ‘unabated’ arrest spree of youth in Kashmir Valley.
“The martyrdom of Bashir Ahmad Bhat is very sad incident and a live picture of Indian atrocities and tyranny,” Geelani said while strongly condemning the ‘cold-blooded murder’ of the youth.
In a statement issued here, the octogenarian leader said that incident is proof enough that India wants to “convert entire Kashmir into a graveyard.”
Geelani said with “95% people” staying away from the elections, the “entire system from New Delhi to Srinagar had been rattled and was now “subjecting the entire population to political vengeance”
The pro-freedom leader said that the youth especially students are provoked by unnecessary harassment, torture in police stations, abuses and insults.
“They are being pushed to the wall and their careers ruined by fabricating them in false and frivolous cases. The entire military setup of India especially intelligence agencies are busy in silencing the just and peaceful political voice of Jammu and Kashmir by the use of brutal forces and violence for so-called national interests,” Geelani said.
Geelani also claimed that the police at the behest of the state administration was working under a well planned strategy to enlist entire population of Jammu and Kashmir in the list of ‘trouble mongers’.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir said the Nawa Kadal killing had once again proven “that India considers Kashmiri people as its conquered slaves and its forces can kill anybody at anytime.”