SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Friday said the state administration by showering pellets over peaceful mourners has “virtually” given its nod to army chief’s intimidation against innocent civilians and approved it as their state policy.
He blamed New Delhi for continuous bloodshed in state saying we are not even allowed to mourn our slain youth.
In a statement issued here, Geelani paid tributes to slain youth of Bandipora and condemned the killing of two civilians in Pulwama.
He also condemned the arrest of Mirwaiz Omar Farooq, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj ud din Kalwal and Mohammad Ashraf Laya.
The Hurriyat (G) chairman said New Delhi is looking for excuses to create a 2016 like situation in Jammu Kashmir to justify the use of lethal weapons against unarmed and innocent youth. “Our economy has always remained easy target and it is their well-thought out ploy to make every soul dependant. New Delhi is hell bent on crippling and crushing our economic infrastructure, create a sense of insecurity and is very desperate to see us carrying a begging bowl,” he said.
Geelani said forces are now targeting peaceful protesters near encounter sites and justifying the firing of bullets and pellets on innocent civilians. “It is sheer vengeance,” he said.
The pro-freedom leader reiterated that Kashmir is a political and humanitarian issue and “cannot be silenced through military might”. “If authorities think they can deter us from pursuing our birth right then they are mistaken. The repressive measures will prove counterproductive and it is better (for New Delhi) to accept people’s decree for right to self-determination and resolve (Kashmir) issue. That will prove beneficial both for India and its people,” he said.