Jihad Body Must Probe Cell Tower Attacks: Geelani

31 May 2015
Times of India
M Saleem Pandit

Srinagar: Hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday asked the United Jihad Council (UJC) to probe the background of Lashkar-e-Islam, an outfit that has warned to shut down mobile services in Kashmir. JKLF chairman Yasin Malik had also requested Syed Sallahuddin, chairman of UJC and chief of Hizbul Mujahedeen, to investigate the background of the little known Lashkar-e-Islam which has attacked private SIM vendors and tower landlords in north Kashmir and killed two people. Lashkar-e-Islam has also warned people connected with the telecom business in Kashmir to give it up as it has become detrimental to their safety as it helps in tracking their whereabouts. Geelani said at a function at his residence in Hyderpora that such outfits are hell bent to defame Kashmir's resistance movement. 'Attacks on telecom towers and the people associated with the industry are condemnable. Telecommunication has become a lifeline and cannot be choked in anyway.' He also said that people will continue to wave Pakistan flags at its rallies in Kashmir. 'Pakistani flags have been waved (in Kashmir) and, Insha Allah (God willing), will be waved in future as well as Pakistan is our neighbour and a well-wisher,' Geelani said. Pakistani flags have appeared at many separatist congregations in Kashmir since April 15 this year, leading to scathing criticism of the state government by opposition parties. Geelani also said that the agenda of RSS will never be allowed to succeed in the state. He criticized chief minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed for bowing down to the RSS. 'Mufti has surrendered before Nagpur and is busy in complying in whatever orders come from the RSS.'