Targeting families of militants deplorable: Geelani

Srinagar, Sep 06: All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday condemned the use of military force against the civil population and the relatives of youth engaged in armed struggle.

He said the “repressive measures of vandalizing the property of the families of mujahedeen and intimidating them is deplorable”. “None of the international laws pertaining to war permit any such military action against unarmed civilians,” he said.

Citing the recent examples of arresting Shahid Yousuf and Shakeel Yousuf, two sons of UJC chief Syed Salahuddin, by the NIA and vandalizing the house of parents of Lateef Tiger of same armed outfit, the APHC (G) chairman said these “unjustified” actions are aimed at “building pressure on the freedom loving people as well as on the mujahedeen commanders to succumb before the Indian military might”.

Geelani said that militancy is the reaction of New Delhi’s “obduracy” and denial of right to self-determination to the people of Kashmir.

He also expressed shock over the gruesome incident of killing of another 9-year-old girl Muskan of Boniyar, Uri in north Kashmir, saying he has no words for condolence to the bereaved family and for condemning the perpetrators of the heinous crime.

Demanding that the culprits involved in this gruesome incident must be brought to justice, the APHC (G) chairman said the occurrence of such heinous crimes is a shame for our social fabric.


“Our moral bankruptcy has erased the social and moral values. Extinction of humanity is visible and certain if we do not rise to the occasion or ignore the wakeup call given by these extreme limits of criminality,” he said.

Condemning the criminal silence adopted by the so-called authorities at the helm of affairs, Geelani alleged that the alarming rate of crime and existence of a lawless society is directly correlated to the state of subjugation.

Geelani also condemned the killing of a 17-year-old boy from Bihar in government forces’ firing, and expressed anguish over the increase in the killing spree of civilians.

He also condemned the frequent incarceration of senior Hurriyat leaders and activists under PSA. “Mohammad Amin Dar, district president of Muslim League has been booked on fictitious grounds and lodged in Kot Bhalwal jail,” he said.

He expressed anguish over the “nocturnal raids by government forces to intimidate the family of Manzoor Ahmad Lone hailing from Lelhar Pulwama, a political activist of the resistance movement”. (GNS)

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