Glad to see Geelani Sahib issuing such a statement

I was happy to read the news “No prolonged strikes this summer: Geelani.” The Hurriyat chief has rightly changed his strategy and underscored that last year they prolonged strikes because of the continued killings. I agree with Geelani Sahib that killings added fuel to the fire. But let’s hope this year is peaceful and people from different walks of life are able to do their business without any trouble. The business community in Kashmir happens to be the worst hit due to strikes and curfews. Therefore Geelani is right that we cannot afford prolonged strikes, though sometimes they are necessary. We have to keep the Kashmir cause alive, but not at the cost of our own people. After Geelani’s welcome statement, it is time for the state government to reciprocate. They must stop arrest of youth. Even the Prime Minister of India and the interlocutors appointed by New Delhi have denounced the arrest spree. Such arrests are not going to help the state government restore peace in the state. Rather they are going to compound the problem. People must support Geelani’s statement and ensure that this summer is extremely peaceful and we receive tourists. We all need to work together to make this happen.

Muhammad Amin

Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Mar 2011 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 14 Mar 2011 18:30:00 GMT
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