Stating that the ongoing movement had nothing to do with the killings of ‘innocent’ and ‘unarmed’ civilians, Hurriyat Conference(G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani Tuesday said, that killing of any unarmed and innocent person affiliated with any political ideology was against the spirit of the ongoing separatist movement and should be denounced strongly. He also asked people to refrain from admitting their children in ‘goodwill’ Schools, and said that Kashmir infants were being brain washed in these schools so as to keep them away from raising voice against ‘occupation’.
“I tell with authority that the killing of civilians including Panches and Sarpanches do not have any relevance or connection with the ongoing movement and those unidentified gun men who do this should be unmasked.” Geelani told a local news agency, KNS on Tuesday. Assuming that these ‘indentified’ gunmen could be anyone, even people working for agencies and other forces, Geelani said, “You had Ikhwani’s in Dr Farooq’s regime and they used to take shelter in army and CRPF camps.” Geelani however made it clear that the “blind faces” involved in such killings could in no way be the sympathizers of the freedom movement.
The ailing separatist leader also accused forces for attempting to influence the Kashmiri young brains in schools and urged the parents not to admit their wards in the ‘goodwill’ schools.
“When our children go to school, they are asked what they want to become. The reply has always been a doctor, engineer, Professor or a Journalist. But in these schools, their brains are influenced in such a way that you get the reply of aspiring for becoming an Army officer to save the country.” said Geelani, adding, “This is how you indulge in keeping our young generation away from the spirit of raising voice against occupation.”
Stating that the brains of young kids are akin to that of a ‘clean slate’, Geelnai said, “You inscribe what you want to, on these clean slates and it is there, when you prepare our young brains to forget the spirit of standing up against occupation.”
Geelani urged teachers in these schools to avoid going there and suggested to open more and more private schools of their own and at local level to impart quality and moral education to the young generation.
“Of course you get hefty amounts as salary there, but you should think that making money is not the only aim to achieve in life”, Geelani stressed, while referring to the teachers of ‘goodwill’ schools.
The octogenarian leader welcomed the statement of Union Rural development Minister Jairam Ramesh wherein he had said that Kashmir is being viewed through the intelligence agencies’ prism, and said, “Now they all accept it that in Kashmir you don’t have any norms or laws to follow. You do what suits to your security and intelligence agencies without bothering for the human rights of the local population.”
“You hang people like Afzal to satisfy the conscious of your people, and then deny the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat for 29 years and now the Afzal Guru. This is your democracy”, said Geelani with a reference to GOI.
Geelani however made it clear that the ‘sentiments’ cannot be crushed by use of force and ‘occupation’. He also suggested Ramesh to accept that Kashmir was a disputed territory where India is a ‘forcible and unwanted occupant’.