Gee­lani re­it­er­ates his de­mand for dis­band­ing VDCs

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRINAGAR—The Chair­man of All Par­ties Hur­riyet Con­fer­ence, Syed Ali Gee­lani, has re­it­er­ated his de­mand that In­dian Armyspon­sored ter­ror­ist mili­tia, Vil­lage De­fence Com­mit­tees, in the ter­ri­tory be dis­banded with­out any fur­ther de­lay. Syed Ali Gee­lani in a state­ment in Srinagar said that the pres­ence of this ter­ror­ist force in Jammu and Kash­mir was bru­tal face of state ter­ror­ism in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir as its mem­bers could kill any per­son at will. He ex­pressed sur­prise over the re­cent state­ment of the pup­pet Chief Min­is­ter, Me­hbooba Mufti, in the so-called Kash­mir Assem­bly that there was no pro­posal to dis­band the Vil­lage De­fence Com­mit­tees even af­ter ad­mit­ting the in­volve­ment of its mem­bers in se­ri­ous crimes. Me­hbooba Mufti had con­ceded that 221 cases had been lodged against the VDC mem­bers in dif­fer­ent po­lice sta­tions for com­mit­ting crimes like mur­der, rapes and ri­ot­ing.

Syed Ali Gee­lani, Aasiya An­drabi and Ja­maat-e-Is­lami of the oc­cu­pied ter­ri­tory in their state­ments de­nounced the au­thor­i­ties of Delhi Pub­lic School in Srinagar for forc­ing a fe­male teacher to re­sign for wear­ing Abaya. Stu­dents of the school staged demon­stra­tions against the au­thor­i­ties’ ac­tion. They de­manded apol­ogy to the teacher by the school ad­min­is­tra­tion.On the other hand, thou­sands of peo­ple par­tic­i­pated in the fu­neral prayers of two mar­tyred youth, Altaf Ahmed and Imtiyaz Ahmed, in So­pore and Bandi­pora ar­eas. The youth were killed by In­dian troops in Bo­mai area of So­pore, yes­ter­day. Com­plete shut­down was ob­served in Pat­tan, Pal­hal­lan, Hy­derbagh, Gosh­bugh, Chran­dra­hama and Wu­san ar­eas of north Kash­mir to mourn the killings.

Hur­riyet lead­ers in­clud­ing Muham­mad Mu­sad­diq Aadil, Fa­rooq Ahmed Tawheedi, Shab­bir Ahmed Dar, Muham­mad Ramzan Khan, Bashir Ahmed Qureshi, Sha­keel Ahmed Butt, Ad­vo­cate Zahid Ali, Qutab Aalam and Imtiyaz Reshi vis­ited the res­i­dences of the mar­tyred youth and paid trib­utes to them.

Mean­while, the pup­pet au­thor­i­ties in a writ­ten re­ply to the so-called Assem­bly dis­closed that 799 per­sons of var­i­ous age groups were ar­rested from Jan­uary 2015 to Jan­uary 2016 and 133 among those were booked un­der dra­co­nian law, Pub­lic Safety Act. The oc­cu­pa­tion au­thor­i­ties ar­rest Hur­riyet lead­ers and ac­tivists ev­ery now and then to stop them from car­ry­ing out their po­lit­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties.

In New Delhi, In­dian po­lice ar­rested two Kash­miri girl stu­dents from the air­port when they were re­turn­ing home from Bangladesh where they are pur­su­ing MBBS.—KMS

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