Geelani For End To Stone Throwing

Geelani For End To Stone Throwing

16 June 2010
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Ahmad Shah

Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday appealed Kashmiri youth to shun stone pelting if it was done for fun or creates fear psychosis among common people. However, he was quick on to add that stone pelting could be used as a tool in defense if police and troopers use force against innocent people. “Stone throwing has no justification if it is done for the sake of fun or creates fear among the common people. Its use is justified when used for self-defence against the force by police and occupational Indian troopers,” Geelani said addressing a gathering at a condolence meet at the residence of Tufail Ahmad Matoo who was killed allegedly in police action at Rajouri Kadal on Friday. Geelani said he was also caught up in a stone pelting incident at Nowshera while he was being taken to SKIMS from Central Jail Srinagar. “I salute the sentiments of youth regarding the struggle for freedom of Kashmir. However, I fail to understand why stones were hurled on people and vehicles that don’t pose any threat to the youth. Ambulances, common people and other local transport are also attacked. Don’t do this for fun or hobby. Use stone pelting as a tool of defence,” he said. The veteran separatist leader said that a peaceful and disciplined struggle would lead to Kashmir resolution. “Like in Baramulla, Indian agents and vested interests use such activities in their favour.” Geelani, who was released from SKIMS on Wednesday, also reacted sharply to the statement of Indian Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao about making borders irrelevant. “Her statement is misleading and a conspiracy. The point mentioned by her as a new development is nothing but status quo and the ‘creative solutions’ is a new name given to the prevailing situation.” He said such statements mean that people of Kashmir would continue to be oppressed no matter how much they suffer. Terming the statement of Lt Gen B K Jaswal about AFSPA as a “fascist agenda” of India, Geelani said India was pursuing a “Hitler’s policy” in Kashmir. “It is a certificate to the armed forces to kill innocent Kashmiris, rape women and exploit our resources. The Army will never want to lose such a certificate,” Geelani said. Paying glowing tributes to the family members of Tufail, Geelani said he had no words to express grief over the loss of the bereaved family. “Killing of our youth will continue until occupational Indian forces vacate our land. We should not bow or surrender before India and continue our struggle peacefully,” he said. He also condemned the use of force by troops on Muhammad Rafiq Bangroo of Safa Kadal who is battling for life at SKIMS.


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