SRINAGAR, Oct 11(SABAH): Paying rich tributes to the militants who were slain on Tuesday in a gunfight with the government forces at Kellar in Shopian district, the All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani has said, “due to lingering Kashmir dispute, our fourth generation is pushed to the wall and forced to face extreme situations.”
“It is the world’s highly militarised zone. Our youth are not safe and young generations while sensing humiliating and barbaric approach towards the womenfolk, are forced to take extreme steps,” Geelani, in a statement, said.
Commenting on the ‘appalling’ situations, Geelani said, “The authorities in New Delhi should understand and differentiate between right to self-determination movement and terrorism. The Kashmir issue is recognised and accepted by international community and there is no doubt that the movement we pursue is indigenous and local in nature.”
“Bullying and military might can’t suppress our sentiments or break our resolve,” Geelani said, urging the international community to focus on this issue and take steps for its amicable and lasting resolution.
Geelani expressed his deep concern over the unending incidents of braid chopping, saying that “Information received suggests that these shameful activities are being carried out with active support of forces and its agencies. People and particularly womenfolk are showing their resentment over these devilish incidents, however local police instead of nabbing the culprits, are using the extreme force against peaceful protestors.”
Condemning the braid chopping incidents in Ganderbal, Lolab and other parts of the valley, Geelani prayed for the speedy recovery of a minor injured during people’s protest.
Geelani expressed his anguish over the reports of vandalising properties of militants in Dogripora, Bandna and Begpora and arresting their family members by SOG men, saying that “It is inhuman, immoral, illogical to drag their families in the confrontation.”