Srinagar: Chairman of the Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani lambasted chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s analogy of Pandits returning to Kashmir as pigeons coming among cats, saying she has lost her “mental balance” after coming to power.
“It is quite humiliating to compare Kashmiris with cats. Cats are those Indian occupational forces who massacred lakhs of Muslims in 1947 in Jammu and who are mercilessly killing innocent Kashmiris for the past 69 years,” Geelani said on Sunday.
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Mehbooba should apologise to the people for such distasteful remarks. To equate humans with cats depicts the mentality of Mehbooba Mufti. We can only express sorrow over it. If there is a threat to any community in J&K, it is faced by Muslims. While a minister in Mehbooba’s cabinet threatens Muslims with the repeat of the 1947-like massacre, she is likening Muslims to predators. Why did Mehbooba maintain silence over Lal Singh’s 1947 remarks?
What would you call those who started the Operation Tiger, Operation Catch and Kill, and black laws like AFSPA and POTA in Kashmir? At least, those people cannot be termed as saviours, but can be given the same name with which you mentioned the people of Kashmir. Even those who grabbed people’s votes by shedding crocodile tears over the funerals of the mujahideen also fall in the same category (cats).
Conspiracy hatched in the garb of return of Kashmiri Pandits will be foiled. Not a single non-resident Kashmiri will be allowed to settle in the state. Pandits are our own people as they are indigenous citizens of this land and don’t need anyone’s permission. We welcome them wholeheartedly but they have to live in their native places.
“People who have slaughtered thousands of innocent people in Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore, Hawal, Bijbihara, Gow Kadal, Wandhama and Chatti Singhpora, are cats,” the Hurriyat leader said.
Hurriyat Conference spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that police had cordoned Geelani’s residence-cum-office since Sunday morning to prevent people from attending the book release of Hassan Zainageeri’s Kashmir: Aatish-i-Zaer Pa. This forced the author to release the book on the roadside of the high-security Srinagar airport road.
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The remark speaks of Mehbooba Mufti’s mental bankruptcy. Being in power has totally exposed her and her true colors are fast surfacing. Muslim Kashmiris have never harmed, rather they ensured safety and security of Kashmiri Pandits who are part and parcel of our communal brotherhood. Cats are those who killed and massacred Muslims of Jammu in 1947, those who are responsible for Gawkadal, Kupwara, Handwara, Sopore, Vandhama, Hawal, Khanyar, Chattisinghpora, Bijbehara and other massacres. Role of Indian armed forces and Jammu and Kashmir police is akin to that of the cats Mehbooba Mufti talks about. It is they who have selectively killed and tortured Muslims of Jammu and Kashmir.
The octogenarian Geelani, who continues to live under house arrest, rejected Mehbooba Mufti’s statement on Sainik colonies and transit camps for Pandits. He said that Mufti was deliberately deceiving the public. “There is no threat to the Kashmiri Pandits if they return to their native places. They can peacefully live with their Muslim brothers. Hundreds of Pandit families living in Kashmir with their Muslim brethren have not left the Valley. Nobody will have any objection if the government provides them Rs 30 lakh instead of Rs 20 Lakh for their rehabilitation,” Geelani said.
The Hurriyat leader said there was no justification for establishing Sainik colonies. “After retirement, every employee whether he is a civil servant or a soldier prefers to go to his home, so there is no reason for creation of separate colonies for retired persons. If this becomes a trend, then every serviceman will demand a separate colony and create an unbearable burden on the state,” he said.
Geelani said that it was the RSS that was behind the creation of Sainik colonies. The RSS wanted to change the demography of Jammu and Kashmir, Geelani said.
“There is no guarantee that non-state subjects will not be settled in these colonies,” he said.