Cautious Reaction In Kashmir2 May 2011
Srinagar: The news about the killing of Al Qaeda chief Osama Bin Laden evoked a cautious reaction in Kashmir Valley. Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani said if death of Laden is confirmed ‘then he has embraced martyrdom. He was the symbol of resistance against superpower US. We condemn the 9-11 attack but nobody proved it that there was hand of Al Qaeda or Osama behind it.” “We are not the enemies of American people, but we strongly condemn the anti-Islamic policies of US. The claims of President Barrack Obama that they are not anti-Muslim are sheer lies and there was no justification of their attacks on Muslim countries including Afghanistan and Iraq. We don’t support the Gaddafi’s policy, but the attacks of NATO on Libya are not justified,” Geelani said. Talking to Greater Kashmir, acting Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat said terrorism is condemnable in all forms. “But the outstanding disputes need to be addressed.” “We condemn terrorism whatever its levels or manifestations. But the question arises why people take to terrorism? It is in the conflict zones that violence grows as reaction. We need to address the Kashmir, Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq with a view to secure future across the globe,” he said. President, Peoples Democratic Party, Mehbooba Mufti said killing of Osama wouldn’t end the problem and need of the hour was to address the injustices and disparity. “Just killing one person wouldn’t make world secure as there are people like Osama all over the world .The country (US) needs to change its mindset as its role in different global issues is creating anger among the Muslims,” she said. However she added, “For a good number of people Osama was the symbol of resistance against injustice. As long as there is injustice, disparity in the world, people like Osama would channelize the anger to build their own empire.” Mehbooba said: “I think America needs to look beyond celebration and address the problem. The time for real celebration would be when people would be able to get justice and basic rights to live a decent life.” Senior National Conference leader and MP, Mehboob Beg, said an ideology can’t be ended by killing a person. “I will never justify the wrong doings of any person. But we need to introspect that should we celebrate killing of any person?” Chairman Peoples Conference, Sajjad Ghani Lone said killing of Osama is an operational measure to annihilate the rival. “The reality staring at our faces is that unless we don’t address the structural dimensions of the dispute, the operational measures will not be able to take us too far,” he said.