‘Valley turned into battlefield’
Srinagar: The Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Sunday condemned the excessive use of force against the people in south Kashmir’s Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts, saying “no accountability exists on the ground as forces have been vested with unbridled powers to harass civilians”.
“During crackdowns, people are thrashed and properties ransacked, showered with bullets and pellets,” the Hurriyat chairman said in a statement. “Valley has been turned into battlefield.”
Taking a dig at Army General Bipin Rawat, Geelani said: “His (Rawat’s) arrogant and unrealistic statements has added fuel to the fire. People are subjected to the worst kind of punishment for demanding their right, right to self-determination.”
Geelani, according to the statement, hailed the steadfastness and determination of prisoners of conscience languishing in different jails including Shabir Ahamad Shah, Asiysa Andrabi, Fahmeedah Sofi, Naheedah Nasreen, Peer Saifullah, Altaf Ahamad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Raja Meraj-ud-Din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahamad Khan, Shahid-ul-Islam, Farooq Ahamad Dar, Shahid Yousaf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Zahoor Ahamad Watali, Dr. Gh. Mohammad Bhat, Dr. Mohammad Qasim, Dr. Shafi Sharity, Gh. Quadir Bhat, Musarat Alam Bhat, Gh. Mohammad Khan Sopori, Mohammad Yousaf Falahi, Ab. Gani Bhat, Umar Aadil Dar, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Farooq Tawheedi, Mohammad Ayoub Mir, Mirza Nisar Ahmad, Sheer Ali Bhat, Latif Ahmad Waja, Shawkat Ahmad Khan, Mohammad Yousuf Mir, Nazir Ahmad Denter, Shakeel Ahmad Yatoo, Bilal Ahmad Kota, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Ashiq Hussain Narchoor, Farooq Ahmad, Manzoor Ahmad Mir, Feroz Ahmad Bhat, Tariq Ahmad Bhat, Bashir Ahmad Qureshi, Gh. Mohammad Tantray, Ashiq Hussain Bhat, Basharat Ahmad Mir, Manzoor Ahmad Najar, Riyaz Ahmad Dar, Latif Ahmad Rather, Lateef Ahmad Dar, Showkat Ahmad Ganie, Sajad Ahmad Bhat, Asadullah Parray, Bilal Ahmad Ganie, Nisar Ahmad Najar, Riyaz Ahmad Ahanger, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-din Gojri, Sajad Molvi, Abdul Hamid Bhat, Farooq Ahmad Shah, Abdul Rashid Magloo, Sirajudin and others.
The Hurriyat chairman said that “authorities under a well thought conspiracy prolong their detention and despite court orders, are not released”.
Geelani appealed to the world community and UN to intensify pressure on New Delhi to intervene into Kashmir dispute.