Mehbooba Mufti turned Kashmir into hell, says Hurriyat’s Geelani
He said she failed to uphold with the people in Kashmir on humanitarian and religious grounds.
Geelani made the statement while commenting on the appeal of People’s Democratic Party in which he was requested to give Mufti a chance while considering her as his daughter, Kashmir Media Service (KMS) reported.
“We have three-pronged relations with Mehbooba: human, national and religious, but she has utterly failed to uphold any of these. Humanity teaches us to respect and honour human beings irrespective of their caste, creed or culture, but she by her barbaric armed forces and uncontrolled police has turned this heavenly land into a hell. Here every house is mourning the demise of loved ones, thereby tarnishing the very fabric of this honourable and pious relation,” an APHC spokesman said in a statement.
The statement continued that Mehbooba Mufti should be on the side of Kashmiri people, supporting their freedom struggle.
Meanwhile, authorities lifted a curfew in Indian-held Kashmir after over 50 days of lockdown amid deadly violence, but street clashes broke out again Monday between protesters and security forces.
Restrictions were lifted throughout most of the valley including the main city of Srinagar, “following the improvement in the situation”, police said in a statement late Sunday.
It was unclear whether the relaxation of restrictions would continue in the northern Himalayan region, where more than 80 civilians have been killed since the unrest erupted last month.
Schools and businesses remained closed on Monday and many streets in Srinagar were largely deserted as troops in riot gear patrolled on foot.
Hundreds of residents rallied in other parts of Srinagar and in the northern town of Bandipora after the curfew was lifted, throwing stones at security forces who fired live rounds into the air and tear gas to disperse them.
The current violence, the worst to hit the region since 2010, was triggered by the July 8 killing of a popular separatist leader, Burhan Wani, in a gunbattle with forces.
Several groups including Wani’s Hizbul Mujahideen have for decades fought some 500,000 Indian soldiers deployed in the territory, demanding independence for the region or its merger with Pakistan.
Kashmir has been divided between India and Pakistan since their independence from Britain in 1947. Both claim the Himalayan territory in full.
Tens of thousands, mostly civilians, have died in the fighting since the armed rebellion against Indian rule began in 1989.