Kashmir will witness storm if Guru is hanged: Geelani

Srinagar, Nov 22: The Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Thursday warned Government of India of dire consequences if it decided to hang the Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru, asserting that if Guru is hanged, Kashmir will witness a “storm.” Geelani also termed Guru as a “hero of Kashmir.”
In a statement issued here, Geelani said if New Delhi decides to hang Guru, Kashmir will witness a storm that would see no end. “Guru has been framed in a case where he played no role. He was not even allowed to have a lawyer to defend himself,” he said. “Guru is our hero.”
Geelani said Kashmir is an internationally accepted dispute and is counted one among the conflicts. “So all prisoners lodged in various jails in India are the prisoners of war,” Geelani said. He said the Government of India was “denying fair trial to Kashmiri prisoners.”
“Denying fair trial to Kashmiri prisoners is against international laws,” Geelani said. “Afzal Guru is not a criminal but a person who is championing the cause of freedom of Kashmir. He offered priceless sacrifice for the Kashmiri nation.”
The Hurriyat (G) chairman said that “entire Kashmiri nation respected Guru and if India tried to harm even his hairline, it will be seen as an assault on Kashmir. There should be an open trial for Guru and he should be allowed to select a lawyer of his choice to fight his case.”
Meanwhile, Hurriyat chairman reiterated his call for boycott of Legislative Council elections stating that Government of India was using the polls as a referendum for Kashmir issue. “The fact is that Sarpanchs and Panchs are being made scapegoats by New Delhi and tools to project that Kashmir belonged to India. Sarpanchs and Panchs should accept this harsh reality and tender their resignation on moral grounds,” Geelani said. “New Delhi should bear in mind that no elections can be the substitute of right to self determination.”
He also urged the Sarpanchs and Panchs to refrain from being part of the “political rallies of J&K politicians as they were using them for their own benefits.”  He said “in presence of lakhs of troops, change or solution to peoples’ problems was meaningless.”

Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 23 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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