Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani on Saturday termed general amnesty to first-time stone pelters, announced by the government, as a mere political stunt.
“(It has been) drafted in Nagpur headquarters in a bid to label those pursuing freedom movement as stone pelters,” Geelani said.
“Indian authorities and their ‘puppets’ in state feel annoyed and dejected when 2008 to year 2016 people vehemently came on roads, resenting forced occupation and FIRs were filed against thousands of youth and later a few were released against hefty ransom,” the octogenarian leader said, adding, “Thousands were arrested and despite court orders were rearrested.”
Geelani also strongly condemned the “partial and bias” approach of Indian leaders and said that instead of taking serious and sincere steps for resolution of Kashmir issue, they are treating it as mere “law and order problem.”
He said that prisoners were meted ill-treatment and their basic rights are denied and trampled. “It is sheer violation of human rights. Those people in power corridors are ignorant about revolutionary politics, hence can’t feel the pain for those detained by them.”
Geelani in his appeal to international organisations for human rights urged it to take cognizance of rights violations, saying they should raise their voice for those facing “state terror.”
“This is the sheer violation of human rights,” said Geelani and strongly condemned the detention and slapping PSA on its party assistant secretary general, Mohamad Yusuf Mir.