Don’t fall prey to sectarian ‘crisis’, urges Geelani

Don’t fall prey to sectarian ‘crisis’, urges Geelani
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SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday warned against sectarian “crisis” in Kashmir while urging preachers and people not to fall prey to conspiracies aimed at dividing people to trigger civil war.
“It is unfortunate and as true believers we should avoid sectarian menace and Allah addresses us that “and hold fast all of you together to the rope of Allah and be not divided among yourselves”,” Geelani, according to a statement, said while addressing telephonically to mourners.
He paid tributes to four militants killed in a gunfight with government forces in Lam area of Tral in south Kashmir’s Pulwama district on Tuesday.
He said youth are laying their precious lives for a “sacred” cause and sacrificing their today for our tomorrow.
“Those who instead of showing their honour and respect for martyrs, are issuing senseless decrees and disrespecting these martyrs. They are suffering from frustration and bartering for their personal interests,” he said.
“I want to covey them that whoever is killed protecting his wealth is a martyr, and whoever is killed protecting his religion is a martyr, and whoever is killed protecting his life is a martyr, and whoever is killed protecting his family is a martyr.”
Geelani said since last seven decades, “six lakh” people were killed and urged people to boycott upcoming elections.
“Participating in elections is tantamount to treason with the blood of martyrs and authorities are misleading world community, portraying people’s participation in election as a verdict in their favour,” he said. “All parties including PDP, NC, Peoples Conference, Congress and communist party, are hand in glow with killers.”
Referring to rape and murder of 8-year-old girl of Kathua, Geelani said: “Both BJP and police supported those accused in this gruesome incident.”