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Geelani terms Srinagar as another Gaza

SRINAGAR: Terming Srinagar as another Gaza, the chairman of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Geelani, has launched a blistering attack on the chief minister, Omar Abdullah, after the killing in Nauhatta, describing him as a ‘show-piece for Indian diplomacy, lower in rank than a CRPF commandant,” and totally devoid of moral courage in his reluctance to resign in the wake of the Bommai and Nauhatta incidents.

The Nauhatta killing also evoked strong condemnation from the chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, who described it as “barbarity and savagery of the Indian forces” and demanded repeal of special powers to the armed forces and withdrawal of troops. The chairman of both the factions of the Hurriyat Conference, also warned of launching a state-wide agitation if the killing of innocent people was not stopped forthwith.

Meanwhile, the High Court Bar Association (HCBA) boycotted courts today as a mark of protest at the killing in Nauthatta. Expressing deep grief and sorrow at the killing of a youth in Nauhatta yesterday and extending sympathies to the bereaved family, Geelani said that the forces were killing Muslims on the pattern of the Israelis, and that “Srinagar had been turned into Gaza where showering bullets in response to stones had become government policy.”

In a statement from New Delhi, Geelani said that Kashmir was practically under Martial Law despite the presence of a “so-called democratic government. An ordinary armed soldier can gun down any civilian he wants,” he said.

“India has surpassed Israel as a terrorist state, wanting to maintain its military occupation of Kashmir by naked aggression,” he said. “In a civilized, there is no scope of opening fire on unarmed protestors, and there is absolutely no justification in pumping bullets into stone-pelting crowds,’ he said.

“India is trying its level best to hide the serious situation in Kashmir from the world, and it uses diplomacy and the civilian government installed here as tools in creating an impression that Kashmiris are being ruled by people of their choice,” he said.

“Had Omar Abdullah possessed even an iota of self respect and moral courage, he would have resigned after the incidents in Bommai and Nauhatta, because on assuming power he had claimed that only the police would be used to maintain law and order, and the paramilitary forces would take a back seat,” he said.

“Omar Abdullah must have realized by now that he is not even equal to an army major or a CRPF commandant in status, but that his occupying the seat of power for decorative purposes is a diplomatic compulsion for New Delhi. Otherwise any NN Vohra would have done for macadamizing roads,” he said.

Geelani said that his alliance would launch a state-wide agitation if the mass murder of innocent civilians was not stopped. Meanwhile, strongly condemning the killing in Nauhatta, the chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, said such incidents would continue until the armed forces were divested of their special powers and withdrawal of troops undertaken.

Describing the fatal firing on protestors in Nauhatta barbarity by Indian troops, he said that the incident was clear proof for the international community about India’s aggressive designs towards Kashmiris. He said that the “intolerable savagery by the forces” would be countered by a mass movement against the aggression.-SANA

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