Geelani snubs police chief, says pro-freedom leaders running peaceful movement

SRINAGAR – While sharply reacting to the statement of the Director General of Police – K Rajendra – in which he blamed the pro-freedom leaders for the Palhallan youth’s killing, senior pro-freedom leader and Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said that his statement was an attempt to hide their acts of ‘worst kind of the state-terrorism’.

Geelani said, “We are running a peaceful political movement in Jammu and Kashmir to achieve our just and genuine goal and we are representing the wishes and sentiments of the majority population of Jammu & Kashmir. We have no power or machinery which we can use to disturb the situation of law and order of the state and the accusation of the police chief is basically an attempt to hide his own faults. It has been the old and successful tactics of the oppressors to themselves disturb the peace and then blame the oppressed people for the situation and punish them so that no one from the oppressed people can dare to raise his voice against them.”

He said that this is the arrogance of power which is speaking in a high tone. The pro-freedom leader expressed his surprise that after provoking the people by unjust arrests, night raids, frequent search operation and imposition of restrictions and curfew, the police chief was expecting that the situation should remain normal. “It is very cheap thinking on the part of a top police official,” he said.

He said that the youths are “arrested, tortured, abused and insulted” in police stations without any justification and they are pushed to walls and their career is ruined. The pro-freedom leader said, “The forced occupation of Indian over Kashmir does not have any moral, political and legal justification and the India should now accept the ground realities in Kashmir and fulfill the promises which its leadership has made with the Kashmiri people at national as well as international level, that they will be given a chance to decide their future.”