Attack Evokes Widespread Condemnation

Attack Evokes Widespread Condemnation

26 March 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Activists of Akhil Bartiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) attacking the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani in New Delhi has evoked a widespread condemnation. Chief Minister Omar Abdullah while condemning the attack on Geelani tweeted: 'These BSKS & ABVP goons are bloody idiots. Anyone can assault an old man. As if attacking SASG will make the Kashmir issue just disappear.' Minister of State for Home, Nasir Aslam Wani said, “He (Geelani) is an old man and attack on such a person is against humanity. Such attacks are intolerable,” Wani told local news gathering agency KNS. Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) demanded stringent action against the culprits who were involved in the attack. “Attack on Sayeed Ali Shah Geelani was undemocratic and highly condemnable act which had to be disapproved by any one believing in freedom of speech and democratic values,” a PDP spokesman said. He said that right to express ones views is a fundamental right in the democracy and any attempt to curb it through illegal and strong arm methods was fascist and undemocratic. He said in a democratic system everyone has a right to express his-her views on all issues in a peaceful, civilized and democratic manner. The intolerance shown by the attackers was against the spirit of the democracy and civilized society. The Hurriyat (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akbar, termed the attack on Geelani as a “cowardly act” and condemned it. “Geelani Sahib is the last person to get terrified by such acts. He has always remained firm on his resolve and will continue to do so,” Akbar said. “He (Geelani) will continue to make the people aware about the plight of Kashmiris come what may.” Independent MLA Engineer Rasheed said, “It is a deplorable act and no sane person can tolerate it. People behind such acts should realize that they won’t achieve anything by indulging in hooliganism. ” Condemning the attack on Geelani Political secretary of PDF Shiban Dudha blamed the Union Home Ministry and Delhi Police for their inaction and carelessness. “Delhi Police should have made proper bandobast for safety and security of particilants in the DU event,” he said in a statement. Dudha lamented that Union Home Ministry receives intelligence inputs from plethora of sources and the attack raises a question on the sincerity of Union Home Ministry of Government of India. “Whosoever commits such acts takes law in his own hands and no one has to authority to attack or organize such senseless acts. This is another form of militancy,” he added.