Braid chopping is quite unacceptable offence, says Geelani

Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Friday expressed his deep concern over the increasing ‘lawlessness, harassment, bullying’ by forces personnel and incidents of braid chopping.

Suspecting the involvement of government forces, Geelani said that in a highly militarized zone and in presence of CRPF, BSF, STF and police, the culprits go unnoticed.

“The silence and incapability speaks volumes about the grave situations and is highly condemnable that despite attacks on modesty of women folk by these mysterious elements, the authorities are not ashamed of their failure,” he said in a statement issued here.

Referring to similar type of events that haunted people in the past, Geelani said that authorities while creating scare set ablaze properties and localities during dead of the night and even people were harassed by creating false impression of ghosts, however all these evil designs failed and were exposed by the people.

“Braid chopping is quite unacceptable offence and an attack on women modesty,” he said, adding that keeping in mind the criminal silence maintained by police, people should act accordingly and expose and unveil agencies involved in this heinous crime.

Lashing at state authorities, Geelani said that despite announcements related to Ashura procession the Shiite leaders, including Nisar Hussain Rather, Mohammad Yusuf Nadeem, Imtiyaz Haider, Ayaz Ahmed Bhat, Ali Mohammad Rather, Bashir Ahmed Lone, Syed Showkat Madani, Ali Mohammad Najar and hundreds of other activists were arrested and lodged in police stations and added that restricting peaceful religious rituals is direct interference in religious matters.

Meanwhile, Geelani condemned the arrest of Mohammad Ramzan Khan, Secretary General People’s Freedom League. He as per the statement was arrested by authorities, booked under PSA and shifted to Kot Bhalwal Jail Jammu.

Meanwhile, a protest against NIA was held at Hyderpora Srinagar after Friday prayers. Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Meraj u Din Rabbani and Mudasir Nadvi while addressing the protestors said that NIA raids are aimed at to create scare and termed it a psychological crackdown against resistance leadership, scholars, students and traders fraternity.

Referring to recent summoning and arrests of university scholar, Aala Fazili and prominent businessman, Muhammad Yasin Khan, they said that it is a deliberate attempt to deviate attention of people from proposed tinkering in Muslim majority status of state.

The leaders said that nation is striving for a sacred cause, presenting unparalleled scarifies and added that right to self-determination is the fundamental right of people.

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