SRINAGAR: Terming the statement of chief minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed that ‘no bullet was fired on any civilian during his seven month rule’ as “ridiculous and a blatant lie”, the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday alleged that the Mufti-led government has surpassed all records of “atrocities and excesses” in the state.
“Mufti has forgotten the cold-blooded murders of the innocent and unarmed youths Khalid Muzaffar Wani of Tral, student Suhail Ahmad Sofi of Narabal Magam, Farooq Ahmad Bhat of Palhallan and unabated excessive use of banned and lethal weapons like Pellet guns against the people of Kashmir in his very short span of rule,” Geelani, according to a statement, said while addressing the members of the executive council of the amalgam.
He said these facts and figures were not hidden from anybody and “Mufti, by speaking the blatant lie, has made an unsuccessful attempt to hide and overshadow the worst kind of state terrorism and human rights violations going on in the state”.
Geelani while terming the chief minister’s role as “deceitful and based on fraud” said he (Mufti) has “bowed his head before the demands of BJP over the sensitive issues like West Pakistan refugees, Sainik colony and isolated colonies for Kashmiri Pandits”.
“Both parties have entered into an agreement over these issues. Though some face-saving decisions like returning of few small power projects to the state have taken place, it will be merely for show and its purpose will be to overshadow the dangerous policies of changing the demography of the state besides divert the attention of people from the RSS agendas”.
He also condemned the Mufti’s remarks that police did not commit any excesses to stone throwers or youth who were detained during protests saying that during his tenure, the use of pellet guns have rendered hundreds of youths disabled for their entire life.
“Students were not only arrested but subjected to worst kind of custodial tortures in police stations and interrogation centers. They (police) also resorted to demanding hefty sums from the parents of arrested youth in return of their release,” Geelani said.
As per the statement, the meeting was attended by the representatives of all the constituent parties of the conglomerate.
Commenting over the CM’s statement that “gun is not the solution of any issue”, Geelani said he (Mufti) should teach this lesson to his masters in New Delhi “who are holding this state with that gun”. “Every Kashmiri is opposed to the Indian occupation and they openly express their feelings. India instead of respecting the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people, is suppressing their peaceful voices with the might of gun and military power. Our youths do not pick up arms for amusement; it is a natural reaction of the rigid and stubborn policies and arrogance of India”.
He accused the government and army of patronizing the sale of liquor and drugs in the Valley. “Alcohol and other drugs, which are extremely harmful to humans, are sold under the government protection. They (government) proudly brag that liquor sale brings millions to its treasury. It’s is a planned move to destroy our younger generation so that India can continue its forced and illegal occupation in Kashmir.”
Meanwhile, according to the statement, the executive body also denounced court orders asking government to implement ban on sale of beef in the state. “No law or system of the world can stop Muslims from having that thing which is Halal for them and they can’t follow that decree or law which is against their religion.”
The advisory council also strongly condemned the continuous house arrest of Syed Ali Geelani from last five months and frequent house imprisonment of Shabir Ahmad Shah and Nayeem Ahmad Khan.
National Conference also accused Mufti of lying about the statement in which he said that “no bullet was fire during his seven month rule.”
“The statement is either a plain, shameless lie or an indication that the CM was unable to recall the tragic events that have unfolded since he came to power in an alliance with the BJP,” NC spokesperson Junaid Azim Mattu said in a statement.
He said that Mufti Sayeed’s “utter failure as the Chief Minister and the head of the Unified Command to ensure the safety and dignity of the people of J&K was a known fact as the PDP-BJP government had brought nothing but destruction, humiliation and misery for the people of the state”.
“The CM should be reminded about the death of 15-year-old Suhail Ahmed in Magam, Narbal in an incident of firing on protesters and about the death of Hilal Ahmed of Malanpora, Awantipora as well as Asif Tantray of Kulgam who was the lone brother of four sisters. What about Khalid Muzaffar of Tral and what about the fact that 27youth have suffered extensive pellet injuries just within a week in Shopian? How can a Chief Minister lie on record? This is extremely shameful and condemnable,” he added.
“His statement has hurt the sentiments of victims’ families,” Mattu said.