Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday said the government of India has started a “character assassination” campaign against the pro-freedom leaders through its agencies like NIA and ED.
Condemning the summons issued against the joint resistance leadership and their relatives, the Hurriyat chairman in a statement said: “It is irony of the fate that the Indian political leadership especially the politico-religious extremists are hell bent to use every barbaric, inhuman and immoral tactics against the pro-freedom leadership by putting them behind bars on fabricated cases and nothing but to pressurize them to subjugation which is never going to happen.”
He said that Shabir Ahmad Shah and Altaf Ahmad Shah have spent most of their life in jails. “They are in custody to answer any question and issuing notices to their children is not only undemocratic and immoral but shameful as well,” he added.
Geelani termed these tactics as a clear sign of “political bankruptcy” of Indian rulers.
Hurriyat leader also condemned the callous approach met out to the prisoners of conscience who have been served the life-imprisonment. “These lifers have been lodged in the jails far away from their homes, which in their own legal system is absolutely illegal and illogical,” he said.
While condemning the human rights violations meted out to the Kashmiri prisoners in various jails, Geelani appealed to the UN Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch and International Red Cross to pay visit to the jails in and outside Kashmir and take stock of the situation.
Geelani also paid tributes to the slain Bijbehara militants and said that “insensitivity, unconcern, denial and unrealistic approach is the sole reason for this unabated bloodshed in disputed land of Jammu and Kashmir”.
“These youths spilled their hot blood for the great and sacred cause of Kashmir and the entire nation is indebted to these martyrs for their ultimate sacrifice,” h said.
Blaming stubborn attitude of Indian leadership for “continuous bloodshed” in Kashmir, Hurriyat chairman said that their denial and unconcern is the sole reason for this “unabated bloodshed” in Jammu and Kashmir and reiterating his stand that loss of human lives is a serious concern for every noble soul and there is no other option other than to honor and safeguard every precious live.