Militant Outfits Criticise Geelani’s Strike Call
29 December 2007
Jammu: Militant outfits in Jammu and Kashmir have reacted sharply to the reaction of the separatist leadership to the assassination of the former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Al-Nasireen, Save Kashmir Movement, Farzandaan-e-Millat and Al-Istiqlal in a joint statement to a local news agency KNS attacked a section of the separatist leadership for issuing a call of shutdown. “Benazir Bhutto had dangerous intentions and she had publicly declared that she would end the Kashmir jehad,” the statement alleged. Significantly, the militant leadership did not spare the pro-Pakistan Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani. “Like Jamaat-e-Islami, Geelani has not yet come out of the shell of hypocritical politics in Kashmir. Much like Jamaat, he has been indulging in hypocrisy rather than politics,” it said. However, Mr.Geelani has argued that his call for a shutdown was based on principles. Islam never permitted assassinations and the killing of Benazir Bhutto was aimed at destabilising Pakistan. The Bhutto family had a special place in the hearts and minds of a section of the population, he said. The State Committee of the CPI (M) presided over by Mohd. Yousuf Tarigami held a condolence meeting. The party passed a condolence resolution which said, “the assassination of Benazir Bhutto has come as a cruel blow to the process of peace and reconciliation in the sub-continent. It is a desperate bid to destabilise Pakistan at a time when a poll process in that country is in full swing.” It further said Undoubtedly, a catastrophic event in the Pak history, it has far- reaching and serious implications for the future of peace and reconciliation process in the sub-continent. For the people of the State, whose lives have been sunk in blood and tears, for the last two decades, and who had been looking forward to the logical culmination of the poll process in Pakistan, so that the peace movement in the sub-continent could assume more pace and purpose, the tragic event has come as a bolt from the blue. The tragedy that has struck Pakistan, has cast dark shadows over the ongoing peace and reconciliation process. The J&K State Committee of CPI(M) sincerely share the grief that has overtaken Pakistan and all the democratic and peace-loving people in the sub-continent, at this delicate moment of history, hopes that the democratic masses of Pakistan would not allow this grave tragedy to destabilize the Pak society.