Geelani warns Mufti: ‘Lift curbs on us or face consequences’

Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday hit out at Peoples Democratic Party-led Government for “squeezing space” for separatists, warning it of “serious consequences.”
Geelani warns Mufti: ‘Lift curbs on us or face consequences’
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Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday hit out at Peoples Democratic Party-led Government for "squeezing space" for separatists, warning it of "serious consequences."

 "I want to tell the so-called Chief Minister Mufti (Muhammad) Sayeed that you are pursuing policy of National Conference and Congress Government to squeeze space for separatists. I warn him that it will have serious consequences," the visibly-angry Geelani said at a press conference at his Hyderpora residence.

"Don't put restrictions on our movement. We should be allowed to meet people and perform our religious duties," Geelani, who continues to be under house arrest, said. "You (Sayeed) have no social, moral or legal justification to do so. If you continue this undemocratic attitude, remember, you will have to face dangerous consequences."

Geelani has been frequently facing house arrest since 2010 uprising in Kashmir in which 120 civilians were killed in police and CRPF action

"After my return from New Delhi, I am under house arrest (since April 16 this year) and there are also restrictions on movement of other separatists," he said.

The Chief Minister Mufti Muhammad Sayeed had assured to provide political space to separatists to pursue his "battle of ideas."

However in May this year, the Chief Minister said the "battle of ideas" has "limits which shouldn't be crossed as it disturbs peace in the region."

He had made the comment in reference to release and subsequent arrest of separatist leader MasaratAlam following raising of pro-Pakistan slogans by Alam during a rally organized to welcome Geelani's return from New Delhi. 

Hitting out at all mainstream parties, Geelani said they were "executing New Delhi's anti-Kashmir policy to suppress the ongoing movement."

 "In 2010, 120 teenagers were killed during the National Conference and Congress rule. The CRPF personnel and police involved in these killings are yet to be punished," he said.

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