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Geelani tells Kashmir parents not to send children to schools

PTI  Srinagar, September 26, 2010
First Published: 20:51 IST(26/9/2010) | Last Updated: 21:12 IST(26/9/2010)

With educational institutions all set to reopen on Monday in Kashmir Valley, the hardline Hurriyat Conference, led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani, on Sunday asked parents not to send their wards to schools and colleges.

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"No right thinking person can deny the importance of education in society, but to think that they (government) are concerned about the future of our children is like a mad man's dream," Geelani said in a statement in Srinagar.

The Hurriyat hawk alleged most of the youths killed in the ongoing unrest in the Valley were students.

Many more were injured and hundreds were languishing in jails, he further alleged.

Geelani appealed to people to strictly observe civil curfew tomorrow when schools and colleges would resume their normal functioning in the Valley.

The separatist leader also appealed to teachers and the non-teaching staff to stay at home.

Education system has suffered immense damage during the ongoing unrest and imposition of curfew in Kashmir.

On Saturday, the hardline Hurriyat faction rejected Centre's eight-point formula to de-escalate the current turmoil in Kashmir terming it as an "eye wash".


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