The Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani on Monday expressed deep concern over reports of 162 casualties including 30 civilians at gunfight sites by government forces in Kashmir during the past six months.
Blaming "Indian authorities" for continuous bloodshed in the Valley, Geelani, in a statement, said that "their haughty and stubborn attitude is the prime cause of the present mayhem."
Expressing deep grief over the unending cycle of killings, Geelani said: "There is no point to derive any pleasure from the present killing cycle or enjoy this carnage. Those killed during the last six months are very much related to our society and interrelated as father, son or brother with their respective grieved families. We deeply feel that this loss of precious lives is a lifelong agony for the grieved families. For the past 27 years, we are facing awful situations and killing spree. As a result, thousands of families have been shattered."
Referring to annals of history, Geelani said the people in state through peaceful means pursued their rightful freedom struggle under the banner of Plebiscite Front and Muslim United Front, "but authorities in New Delhi never pronounced any serious effort to redress grievances or fulfill the pledge(s) made with the people."
"During the 2008 and 2010 uprisings, the people, in order to press for their demands, took to streets. They were unnamed and staged peaceful protests to impress upon authorities and international community, but were dealt with brute force. It is the arrogant and stubborn approach of authorities in Delhi that is giving rise to uncertainty and multiplying human tragedies," he said, adding: "Political space is being choked and freedom of speech denied. The authorities are executing their age-old practice of detentions and intimidations."
Justifying the reaction from 'suppressed' people, Geelani said: "Every coercive action has its implications and revolt and likely reactions are expected as it is a law of nature."
Referring to listing of Syed Salahuddin as a "global terrorist" by the US, Geelani said: "Keeping in view his 30-year-long peaceful political career, it is quite evident that he is not a terrorist but a prominent politician. He has a record of contesting election as a candidate for Muslim United Front. However, he opted for other means after the MUF leaders and activists were denied the political space."
He said: "It is ridiculous to blame youth or Pakistan for present appalling situations in the state. Our youth are intelligent enough and they have talent. However they are being pushed to the wall, hence the repercussions are expected."
Referring to Kashmir issue, Geelani said: "India is in a position to help resolve this long pending issue, but sincere efforts are needed to ascertain the aspirations of people about the political destiny of the state. It is the only key to solution and put a halt to continuous bloodshed and uncertainty in the sub-continent."