Geelani’s Visit To KP Camp Farce, Politically Motivated: Pandit Bodies18 April 2011
Srinagar: Kashmiri Pandit organizations have described the Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s visit to Pandit camp at Vesu Kulgam in South Kashmir, as “politically motivated and farce.” Geelani on Sunday visited Migrant Pandit’s colony and assured Pandits of complete protection if they return. Terming the visit, as “farce”, ‘Roots In Kashmir’ founder member, Aditya Raj Kaul, said, “Why did Geelani suddenly remember us after 22 years? Where was he when we were driven out of the valley, when our women were raped and men selectively killed, our houses burnt and our temples laid waste? Why was he silent then and for all these years?” “What can be more tragic than Geelani saying that his fight is for principles and against the centre? When was the last time or was it ever that Geelani gave a strike call when Pandits were killed?” Kaul said. “It is a case of an urgent image makeover that prompted Geelani to visit Pandits and make the right kind of noises in front of cameras. The Pandits will go back to their homes one day and for this we need no invitation from Geelani. If Geelani is serious about our return and truly has a change of heart let him tell his followers to vacate Pandit houses and temples,” it added. Meanwhile, a non-migrant Pandit organization, Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti has termed Geelani’s move as “politically motivated” than a humanitarian touch. “It seems that Syed Ali Shah Geelani does not require the persons who lived in Kashmir during the period when it required the most. Not a word was spoken about the missing boy or any kind of solidarity was shown towards the family who require it most than those who are just in Kashmir because of bread and butter and not by conviction,” KPSS president, Sanjay K Tickoo, said in a statement. He said “Geelani’s statement about the protection of Pandits will be taken as more political and un-ethical as he could not protect the boy missing from the same area where he assured the protection of Kashmiri Pandits.” “After 22 years, Geelani visited the migrant camps just to please Delhi and State Government and to create the faith among those who don’t believe in him and his ideology of politics as till date he didn’t visited a single Kashmiri Pandit location who lived and faced all odds with majority community during the turmoil,” he added. “Geelani’s return of Kashmiri Pandit campaign should have been started from Sheikhpora, Budgam as it houses the Pandits who lived in Valley and those who retuned due to PM package. It would have been a balanced moved. But the great leader showed his political bend and isolated the members of minority community who lived with the majority during the period when it meant the most,” Tickoo said.