Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has condemned what he called the “excessive use of force and crackdown” against civilian population in Shopian, Kulgam and Pulwama districts in south Kashmir.
In a statement here Geelani expressed deep concern over “increasing use of repressive measures from forces against civilian populace and continuous detention” of pro-freedom leaders and activists.He said, “New Delhi has waged a war against civilians. My appeal to youth is to maintain discipline and order during resistance against state sponsored oppression. They should remain cautious and show wisdom.”
He said, “Forces are laying siege in villages and during crackdown people are thrashed and properties ransacked. Even people are showered with bullets and pellets if they express their resentment against this barbarism.”
Geelani said, “New Delhi has turned Kashmir into a battle field and to accomplish the volatile situation in Kashmir, people at the helm, including Army Generals, are issuing unrealistic statements, which are adding fuel to the fire. Kashmiris are being subjected to the worst kind of punishment for demanding their right, right to self-determination, as promised and agreed by their leadership in presence of the world community.”
Geelani said, “New Delhi should accept defeat as they have lost their credibility and legitimacy. No accountability exists on ground as forces have been vested with unbridled powers to harass people.”He hailed the steadfastness and determination of prisoners of conscience languishing in different jails in and outside state especially Tihar jail. “Authorities under a well thought conspiracy are prolonging their detention,” he added.
Syed Ali Geelani appealed the International community to come out of the cocoon of economic relationship with India and try to understand and realize themselves that behind the mask of democracy “New Delhi is doing everything undemocratic to silence pro-freedom leaders and activists. It is nothing but a desperate attempt to put a blanket on the state crafted and orchestrated gross violation of basic human rights, but these inhuman acts have never been able to put a lid on heinous crimes committed by the state.”He said, “New Delhi’s response, unsurprisingly, has been denial and plain lies, and given that, we hope the United Nations and the world community wakes up to the fact that more pressure is needed to make Delhi realize that Kashmiris too arte human beings.”