Geelani slams Pakistan over Lal Masjid operation
21 July 2007
The Daily Times
New Delhi: The hardline faction of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) on Friday condemned a series of suicide attacks against Pakistani forces in the aftermath of the Lal Masjid operation. Syed Ali Geelani criticised the Pakistani government for handling the Lal Masjid affair in a violent manner. Addressing a rally at Srinagar Martyrs Graveyard, Geelani called Pakistani soldiers as an asset to the whole Muslim world. He said attacks on them were a tragedy. There is no doubt that the Pakistani establishment is serving the American interests, but this does not justify the suicide attacks on the soldiers, he said. The Pakistani government should understand that America can never become its reliable and trustworthy friend, he said, adding that the US only cared for its own interests. Geelani asked Musharraf to resign. Musharraf should understand that his remaining in power will worsen the crisis in Pakistan. He said an interim government should take over to conduct transparent elections in Pakistan. AFP adds Geelani said the suicide attacks in Pakistan were in reaction to the irresponsible and unwise policies of Musharraf.