Terming the death of youth at Mattan Islamabad, allegedly due to stone pelting by angry youth, as unfortunate and condemnable, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani today called upon agitating youth to maintain discipline in the ongoing struggle.
“Discipline is a pre-requisite for success of any struggle and our youth should strive to remain disciplined while lodging protest. The act is against humanity and human values and I express my apology from the bottom of my heart to the bereaved family. No innocent people should be targeted by anyone as it goes against human and Islamic values”, said Geelani while talking to a local news agency KNS.
While expressing solidarity with the family of the deceased youth, Riyaz Ahmad Khanday, of Mattan, the Hurriyat (G) Chairman apologized to the family for his delayed condolences.
However, the octogenarian leader defended the youth for pelting stones on forces. “People are not being allowed to protest peacefully. When force is used on peaceful protestors, it becomes a compulsion for them to pelt stones in self defense and register protest”, he added.
While asking the youth to maintain highest degree of human values while registering protest, the Hurriyat (G) Chairman appealed them to ensure that no innocent people are harmed in any way.
“We cannot and should not forget human values. Thousands have shed their blood for the ongoing struggle and we must maintain sanctity of their sacrifices. If the enemy and the forces are resorting to inhuman attitude and committing atrocities, we cannot stoop to their level. Our youth should never forget the tradition of humanity and Islamic values”, Geelani said and added that youth should not threaten people from any walk of life ‘be it media or anyone else’.
While speaking about his programme for Friday, Geelani said that he intended to visit the family of Muhammad Afzal Guru and families of youth in north Kashmir areas who lost their lives in the ongoing struggle. “I will be visiting Seer Jagir, Watergam and Baramulla on Friday to convey my solidarity to the families of the martyrs”, he added.