-Independent legislator injured in police action-
29 SEPT,SRINAGAR: Stating that the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah ‘was keeping alive the family tradition’, Hurriyat Conference (G) Thursday slammed pro-India parties for playing “deceptive politics” over the Afzal Guru hanging issue.
In a statement issued here , the amalgam said the “drama” enacted by National Conference, Congress and People’s Democratic Party in Legislative Assembly yesterday had exposed the power politics of pro-India parties.
“These pro-India parties have always caused harm to the national cause of Kashmiris and their politics revolves around power. They are least bothered about the life and death of Afzal Guru, or any other Kashmiri,” a spokesman of the amalgam said.
“If Farooq Abdullah signed the death warrant of Shaheed Maqbool Bhat, his son Omar Abdullah, keeping alive the family tradition, rejected Afzal Guru’s application to be shifted from Tihar Jail to Srinagar Central Jail,” the spokesman said.
“In July 2010, Guru wrote an application to Home Department in New Delhi, seeking transfer to Srinagar’s Central Jail in view of the difficulties faced by his family while coming to Delhi. However, in reply, the Deputy Home Secretary wrote to the jail authorities that the Jammu and Kashmir government had refused Guru’s application and hence there was no question of him being shifted to Srinagar,” the spokesman alleged.
“And then, in February 2011, Omar Abdullah shamelessly lied that he had never received such an application. Clearly, let alone seeking clemency for Guru, the National Conference didn’t even want him to be shifted to Srinagar,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman said that the “deceptive” politics played by National Conference, People’s Democratic Party and Congress over the Afzal Guru issue should not surprise Kashmiris as “everything was fixed beforehand , in the power corridors of New Delhi.”
“For the sake of power, they won’t mind even if the entire Kashmiri nation is hanged,” the spokesman said.
The amalgam termed as a “sign of moral bankruptcy” Chief Minister Omar Abduilah’s statement that separatists were keen on seeing Guru hanged.
“Hurriyat has always maintained that Guru was never given a free trial. We believe that Guru is an innocent human being and hanging him would amount to murder of justice,” the amalgam said.
It said that thousands of Kashmiris had sacrificed their lives for the freedom movement and even if Guru is let go in accordance with the requirements of justice, the freedom movement would continue.
“The struggle against Indian occupation is a conscious decision and the ups and downs in situation has neither had an impact on it in the past nor will it in the future,” the amalgam said.
The amalgam has called for peaceful protests after Friday prayers tomorrow against the “drama” of pro-India parties over Guru hanging , the government’s proposed settlement of non-resident slum dwellers in Jammu and Kashmir and continued house arrest of Syed Ali Shah Geelani.
Meanwhile independent MLA from north Kashmir’s Langate constituency Engineer Abdul Rashid whose resolution seeking clemency for Afzal Guru was stalled yesterday, held a protest rally alongwith his supporters outside the Assembly complex on Thursday.
Early in the morning when Rasheed alongwith his party activists tried to force their entry into Assembly complex, police used force to disperse them. In the police action Rashid and some of his associates received minor injuries.
Rashid was immediately shifted to Bone and Joints hospital where he was treated under MRD no R-0013599. He was referred to SMHS hospital from where he was admitted under MRD ticket number 103707.
Rashid termed police action ‘unjustified and an act of state terrorism.
“Dozens of my supporters were injured in the police action and they are being treated in different hospital,” he said.
Rashid accused all mainstream political parties of being hand-in-glove to “sabotage” the resolution.