No Lengthy Strikes This Summer: Geelani

No Lengthy Strikes This Summer: Geelani

12 March 2011
Rising Kashmir
Ishfaq Tantry

Srinagar: Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani Saturday said the amalgam has no plans for calling long-drawn strikes this year even as he asserted strikes are the “only peaceful option” available with Hurriyat to protest against “Indian atrocities”. Meanwhile, normal life was thrown out of gear across the valley following the strike call given by Geelani against “arbitrary” arrests of youth and continuous detention of political activists. Majority of shops, other commercial establishments, banks and schools remained closed in capital city and other major towns of the valley while public transport remaining off the roads. Thanking people for making the hartal call a success, Geelani said strikes are the “only peaceful option” available with Hurriyat to protest against “Indian atrocities”. He, however, added that the amalgam has no plans for calling long drawn and violent strikes. “Hurriyat neither has any plans for long-drawn strike calls nor it favours ruining the educational career of students or the tourist season,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman quoted Geelani as saying. The veteran separatist leader, however, added that forecasting violence-free or violent summer in 2011 depends on “the whim of Indian forces and police deployed in Kashmir”. “Till the time Indian occupation and the innocent killings continue in Kashmir, the uncertainty of political situation in Kashmir will loom large. And in this situation, what happens next, nobody can forecast,” he said. “If Indian security forces and troops keep on killing innocent people and continue arbitrary and unwarranted arrests and detention, the natural reaction of this policy will definitely come to fore,” he added. Attributing the 2010 unrest to the civilian killings, Geelani said it was the killing of youth in Machil fake encounter, killing of many innocents like Wamiq, Zahid, Inayat, Tufail Mattoo and others at the hands of troopers which forced Kashmiri people to come on roads in 2010. The Hurriyat (G) chief alleged that India was fuelling unrest in Kashmir to hurt its economy. “Basically, India wants to ruin Kashmiris economically by ruining the forthcoming tourist season, for which it is deliberately fuelling unrest in Kashmir.”


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