Wajahat’s ‘confession’ better late than never: Geelani

‘Habibullah could have raised his voice when he was top JK official’


Srinagar, Dec 28: Terming the ‘confession’ statement of former IAS officer Wajahat HabibUllah as “better late than never’’, the  Hurriyat Conference(G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani Friday alleged that the armed forces operating in Jammu and Kashmir were using the “rape as a weapon of war.”
 “Unless the international bodies intervene, there seems to be no end to these inhuman incidents. Now it is not a mere allegation but an established fact and that too admitted by the responsible persons of Government of India that armed forces have indulged in rape of innocent women in Kashmir,” Geelani said in a statement issued here from New Delhi.
 Taking dig at the statement of Habibullah regarding the former army chief General V K Singh, Geelani said, “Almost every high official after their retirement from services issue such statements only to gain credibility.  It is not only case of  Singh, even Wajahat Habibullah during his tenure could have raised his voice against these rape incidents when he was top official,” he said.
 “We feel sorry to say that even the screams of Kunanposhpora and Chanapora  victims fell on the deaf ears. Now time has come for Wajahat Habibullah to rise to the occasion and raise his voice against the crimes committed against women in Kashmir and get the culprits punished under law.”
 He said the responsibility lies on the international forums to initiate investigations about the incidents of rapes, taking place in Kashmir. “Incidents should be probed right from Chanapora, Kunanposhpora to Shopian so that the culprits involved in these heinous crime get punishment,” Geelani said.
 “The people in India, media and the civil societies had maintained indifference and dual standard over the incidents of rapes and human sufferings in Kashmir. The recent rape incident in Delhi has shaken the conscience of people and now they should also consider the pitiable plight of women in Kashmir.”
 Geelani said modesty and chastity is same and valuable asset for every woman whether “she is a Damni in Delhi or Asiya and Neelofar from Kashmir.” 
 “Those in India with moral courage should exhibit their determination and help us get punished the culprits involved in the rape incidents in Kashmir. The civil societies in India should also come out with clear stand on this human issue,” Geelani said.
 Castigating the international bodies for their ‘criminal’ silence, Geelani said: “If men in uniform in countries like Bosnia can be punished for the war crimes why action is not initiated against the Forces in Kashmir and why they enjoy the impunity.”
 Describing the confession statement of Rajinder Chowdary on grenade attack on Jammu Masjid as an eye-opener, Geelani said scores of such mysterious incidents occurred during last 22 years in which innocent people or places of worships targeted. “We had expressed apprehension that secret agencies or extremists were involved in such incident but who listen,” he said.
 Geelani reiterated his demand for impartial probe into all these incidents, saying that until fair trail and investigation is held the loss of precious lives will continue to take place.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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