February 2004 News

Geelani Takes Hard Line On Pak

10 February 2004
The Times of India

Srinagar: Chairman of the breakaway Hurriyat faction Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday criticised Pakistan for not expressing its concern over the killing of five civilians in Bandipora on Saturday. Speaking to reporters here on Tuesday, Geelani said he was dismayed over Pakistan 's silence over the issue of the killing of five civilians by troops in Bandipora. Geelani demanded an independent probe into the Bandipora killings by some international body, preferably by the Amnesty International, to expose the truth. Geelani accused both the Army and the Mufti government for the killing of five civilians, saying they were used as human shields while fighting militants in Chittibanday in Bandipora on Saturday. The hardline Hurriyat leader ridiculed the state government, led by Mufti Mohammed Sayeed, for crying over the killings. Geelani advised the Mufti to resign and condemned the crime. Geelani said he was not in touch with any militant group.

 

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