SRINAGAR: Reacting to former home minister of India P Chidamabaram’s Afzal Guru statement, the pro-freedom leaders of Kashmir on Friday questioned the government of India’s selective response to pro-Kashmir voices in India.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, said BJP should slap sedition charges on Chidamabaram for his statement on Guru.
“Chidambaram’s statement, in which he questioned the involvement of Shaheed Afzal Guru in Indian Parliament attack, is an ill-timed confession of the crime. If speaking truth is sedition, let BJP book him under the sedition law like they did with SAR Geelani, Kanhaiya Kumar and Omar Khalid. Let them detain Chidambaram in Tihar jail,” Geelani said in a statement issued here.
“Whatever the background and reasons behind Chidambaram’s statement, the confession has placed a big question mark over India’s government system and its judiciary and has exposed the real face of this self-claiming democratic country before the world,” he said.
Geelani said Chidambaram’s statement cannot be ignored given his significant position in politics.
“He was holding a very important place in the UPA government and has served at the home ministry like sensitive post. As such, he must be aware of everything about the reality of the Indian parliament attack and Afzal Guru’s implication in the case.”
“The statement proves that Indian judiciary is not an independent institution and that the hanging of Afzal Guru was the murder of justice. It also proves that minorities and lower castes are not treated at par with the majority population and they are living as second class citizens in the country,” Geelani said.
Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, also questioned the government of India for targeting Kashmiris and their sympathisers.
In a statement issued here a day after former home minister of India P Chidambaram expressed doubts about Afzal Guru’s conviction, Malik said: “Today ex-ministers and parliamentarians of India are raising questions over the trial given to Afzal Guru by saying his case was not correctly decided. But when Kashmiris and others, whose conscience is alive, raise same questions, they are slapped with sedition charges and put behind bars, while a vicious media trail is launched against them.”
Malik said the ban on freedom of expression and thoughts can only be termed “worst kind of dictatorship which Indian rulers are practicing under the garb of democracy”.
He also reiterated the shutdown call for February 27 against the government action on Delhi University former lecturer, Prof SAR Geelani, and Jawaharlal Nehru University students.
Malik also expressed grief over the demise of father of Jamiat Ahle Hadith secretary general, Dr Abdul Latief Al-Kindi, who died in an accident on Thursday.
He called Dr Al-Kindi on phone and expressed condolence to him.
Meanwhile, a JKLF spokesperson condemned the arrest of the party’s district president, Anantnag, Mohammad Ishaq Ganaie, in a raid on his residence on Friday.