‘Won’t allow massacre of Jammu Muslims, Geelani posts on You Tube’
Srinagar, Aug 11: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for a statewide shutdown on Sunday against clashes in Kishtwar town of Jammu and Kashmir.
“After monitoring the situation in Kishtwar and rest of the Jammu province and keeping in view the present position in the town where strict curfew has been implemented and five hundred military and Para-military personnel have been called from Jammu to control the situation in this small town and people especially those belonging to Muslim community are being harassed and in view the gross damage to their property also, Geelani has called for statewide complete shutdown tomorrow,” a spokesman of his group Tehrik-e-Hurriyat said.
In other statement, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani Saturday took to video-sharing website You Tube to express his views on the clashes in Kishtwar town of Jammu and Kashmir. He said he ‘will not allow massacre of Jammu Muslims at any cost’.
In a 9:32 second video posted on the You Tube, the octogenarian said: according to the information we have received the community was attacked when they were raising Aazadi slogans after Eid congregation by the right-wing elements including the RSS and VDC members who have been armed by the state.
Rejecting the probe ordered by the government, he said that such probes were meant to hoodwink the international community. “We appeal the international human rights groups to launch an independent probe,” Geelani said.
He said Kashmir people can’t remain immune to the problems of Kishtwar people. “We affirm be it the Sikhs or Dogras or Muslims of Jammu they are our brothers in struggle,” he said.
He said Kashmiris were in solidarity with the Jammu Muslims. “We will never allow the repetition of massacre of Jammu Muslims like in 1947 when five lakh people were killed.”
He said that Jammu administration was communal and Muslims in the region were suffering. To prove his point, he said Jammu and Kashmir government allowed right-wing leader Praveen Togadia to visit Rajouri. “His visit sparked off communal tensions in the district but the administration did nothing to stop him. And if we try to go to these areas we are never allowed,” he said.