Killing Of Panches Unjustified: Geelani

Killing Of Panches Unjustified: Geelani

9 April 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) today described as unjustified the killing of panches and sarpanches. Talking to a local news agency, KNS, he said that those behind the killing of unarmed and innocents cannot be the sympathisers of ongoing movement. “Killing of any unarmed and innocent person affiliated with any political ideology was against the spirit of the ongoing movement and should be denounced strongly. I tell with authority that the killings of civilians including Panches and Sarpanches do not have any relevance or connection with the ongoing movement and those unidentified gun men who do this should be unmasked,” Geelani said. Stating that these ‘unidentified gun men could be anyone, even people working for agencies and other forces, Geelani said, “You had Ikhwani’s in Dr. Farooq’s regime and they used to take shelter in army and CRPF camps.” Geelani however made it clear that the “hidden faces” involved in such killings could in no way be the sympathizers of the freedom movement. The separatist leader also accused forces for attempting to influence the Kashmiri young brains in schools and urged the parents not to admit their wards in the ‘goodwill’ schools. “When our children go to school, they are asked what they want to become. The reply has always been a doctor, engineer, professor or a journalist. But in these schools, their brains are influenced in such a way that you get the reply of aspiring for becoming an Army officer to save the country,” said Geelani, adding, “This is how you indulge in keeping our young generation away from the spirit of raising voice against occupation.” Hurriyat (G) chairman urged teachers in these schools to avoid going there and suggested to open more and more private schools of their own and at local level to impart quality and moral education to the young generation. “Of course you get hefty amounts as salary there, but you should think that making money is not the only aim to achieve in life.” Geelani stressed, while referring to the teachers of ‘goodwill’ schools. The octogenarian leader welcomed the statement of Union Rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh wherein he had said Kashmir is being viewed through the intelligence agencies’ prism. “ Now they all accept it that in Kashmir you do not have any norms or laws to follow. You do what suits to your security and intelligence agencies without bothering for the human rights of the local population,” Geelani said. “You hang people like Afzal Sahab to satisfy the conscious of your people and then deny the mortal remains of Maqbool Sahab for 29 years and now the Afzal Sahab. This is your democracy,”said Hurriyat (G) chairman. Geelani however made it clear that the ‘sentiments’ cannot be crushed by use of force and ‘occupation’. He also suggested Ramesh to accept that Kashmir was a disputed territory where India is a ‘forcible and unwanted occupant’.