May 2016 News

Geelani Slams Mehbooba's 'pigeon And Cat' Remarks

29 May 2016
Greater Kashmir
Shabir ibn Yusuf

Srinagar: The Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani, who defied police restrictions to release a book on Sunday, strongly condemned J&K Chief Minister's statement that 'asking Kashmiri migrant Pandits to restart their lives in their native places in the Valley is like putting pigeons among cats.' Geelani said Mehbooba has 'lost her mental balance after attaining power.' In a statement issued here, Geelani said 'calling Kashmiris as cats is a very humiliating statement by Mehbooba Mufti.' 'Cats are those Indian occupational forces who massacred lakhs of Muslims in 1947 in Jammu region and who are mercilessly killing innocent Kashmiris since last 69 years,' Geelani said in a hard-hitting statement. 'The people who slaughtered thousands of innocent people in Handwara, Kupwara, Sopore, Hawal, Bijbehara, Gaw Kadal, Wandhama and Chittisingpora are also the cats.' Geelani said Mehbooba is 'trying to defame the Kashmiri nation.' 'The entire Kashmiri nation is like pigeons and the role of cats is being played by the Indian occupational forces who are mercilessly killing the innocent Kashmiri people (pigeons) and are destroying their nests too,' he said. 'There is no threat to Kashmiri Pandits if they return to their native places. They can peacefully live with their Muslim brothers here.' Geelani reminded Mehbooba that there are hundreds of Pandit families living in Kashmir with their Muslim brethren and they did not leave the Valley. 'They are not only safe at their native places but their Muslim neighbors share their grief as well. Even Muslim neighbors perform last rites of their Pandit brethren. We will welcome our Pandit brethren on their Ghar Wapsi and they will get respect and love from their Muslim neighbors like it used to be in the past,' he said. Rejecting the statement of Mehbooba Mufti regarding Sainik colonies and the Transit camps for Pandits, the Hurriyat (G) chairman said 'it is a deliberate attempt to deceive the public and create confusion among them.' Rejecting Mehbooba's statement about the Sainaik colonies, Geelani said that according to her even if the retired forces personnel of the state are planned to be settled in these colonies, 'even then there is no justification in establishing such settlements.' 'After retirement every employee whether he is a civil servant or forces personnel prefers to go to his home; so there is no reason for creation of separate colonies for the retired persons,' he said. 'If it will become a trend, then every serviceman who serves the state will demand separate colony and they will create an unbearable burden for the state.' The Hurriyat (G) chairman said 'a long-term plan of RSS is actually behind the creation of these Sainik colonies and it is aimed to change the demographic character of Jammu & Kashmir.' 'There is no guarantee that non-state subjects will not be settled in these colonies,' he said. 'The statement of Mehbooba Mufti in Assembly is just to pacify public anger; otherwise she also knows that there is no need or reason for creation of separate colonies for retired forces personnel of the state.' Geelani termed the remark that 'chair is not my weakness' by Mehbooba Mufti as ridiculous and baseless. 'Mehbooba Ji is helping the implementation of Nagpur-agendas in the state just for the chair and is deceiving her nation by her lies,' Geelani said. 'If little bit conscience would have been present in Mehbooba Mufti and her colleagues, they would not have supported the fanatic communal forces in the state; instead they would have sided with their subjugated nation and tried to protect their honour, individuality, and their Muslim identity.' BREAKS POLICE CORDON Meanwhile, police Sunday banned a book release function at Hyderpora where a book 'Kashmir-Aatish Zair-e-Paa' authored by a prominent writer Hassan Zaingeeri, was to be released by Geelani. While breaking the police cordon, Geelani came out of his house and released Zaingeeri's book on the Srinagar airport road. While terming banning of book release function as 'worst kind of state terrorism', Geelani strongly condemned the police action. 'This action is against freedom of expression and has no moral or constitutional justification,' he said. Explaining the importance of the book, he said 'it should reach every household in Kashmir and every educated Kashmiri must read it.' 'It is a research book on anti-Muslim policies of RSS and Sangh Parivar with solid evidences,' Geelani said. Besides Hassan Zaingeeri, Dr. Sheikh Showkat (Head of Law Department at CUK), Peer Saifullah and Muhammad Yousuf Mujahid were also present on the occasion. Earlier to 'sabotage' the book release function, police cordoned off Hyderpora area and detained many persons including Hurriyat leaders Abdul Ahad Parra and Muhammad Akram Najjar, a Hurriyat (G) spokesman said.