Forces using chemical weapons: Geelani

Srinagar, Sep 25: Expressing grave concern over “the use of chemical weapons” by government forces during the cordon and search operation (CASO) carried out against militants, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Tuesday said that on the pretext of CASO, the use of “brute force” against the general public cannot be justified in any way.

Geelani in a statement issued to GNS condemned the “highhandedness” forces.

Terming the alleged use of chemical weapons as a felony against humanity, the APHC (G) chairman demanded a high-level probe by the International War Crime Tribunal under the supervision of UN.

He castigated Indian authorities for “violating” the settled norms of safeguarding the lives of innocent and unarmed people living under the shadow of war.

Geelani while making a fervent appeal of complete election boycott termed it the “most powerful political, peaceful and a democratic method to defeat all the repressive and oppressive measures adopted by India”.

He also condemned the fresh arrests of Hurriyat leaders and activists including Nisar Hussain Rather of Tehreek-e-Wahdat-e-Islami, Mohammad Yaseen Aataie of JK People’s League (S) and Syed Imtiyaz Haider of Tehreek-e-Hurriyat.

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Geelani also hailed the resolve of resistance leaders and activists lodged in different jails.

Meanwhile, APHC (G) chairman paid rich tributes to militants killed in an encounter with government forces at Tangdar and Sopore, in north Kashmir.

“The youth of Kashmir have opted gun as a reaction to the Indian military and forcible occupation of Kashmir,” he said.

Terming Kashmir as a basic issue of contention between the two nuclear powers of the subcontinent, Geelani regretted the “stubborn postures” of India to deal this political issue with its military might.

He said with the resolution of Kashmir issue will emerge a new era of peace and development not only in Jammu and Kashmir but in the whole South Asia. (GNS)

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