America's refusal to grant visa to Syed Ali Geelani has evoked a strong reaction among political and public circles in Kashmir. Jamaat-e-Islami, Geelani's parent organisation, Democratic Freedom Party of Shabir Ahmad Shah and JKLF leader Javaid Mir have condemned the US and believe that the "super powers' have no regard for human values and civilized norms.
Geelani, who is suffering from cancer in his lone kidney, had approached the US for visa to undergo treatment using laser therapy. The United States however turned down the request on Wednesday. The US cited Geelani's "failure to renounce violence as means of achieving his political goal in Kashmir" as reason for denying visa to him.
"The reason cited for refusal of visa is a crude joke", read a statement of Jamaat-e-Islami. "America is the worst disturber of peace and perpetrator of violence in the world. Bellicosity and aggression is the fundamental plank of its foreign policy", statement said. Jamaat alleged that the United States was using all its military power and technological prowess to establish its authority over the world, and in this regard cited aggression on Afghanistan and Iraq as instances of America's belligerent behavior. "The US is now eying on Iran", added the statement.
Jamaat said that despite having a history of violent believes and actions, "it little behooves the United States to claim to be civilized and peace-loving".
"We don't believe in resorting to violent means to achieve our political goals and hence we condemn the US attitude", added Jamaat. Tehreek-e-Hurriyat and Hurriyat Conference, which are headed by Geelani also condemned the America's denial of visa to Geelani.
Geelani was operated at Tata Memorial Hospital on Monday and the doctors had successfully removed the malignant tumour from his only surviving kidney. His condition was stated to be stable and he has begun to take food orally.
Shabir Ahmad Shah, chief of Democratic Freedom Party, described denial of visa to Geelani as "unfortunate" and said that the United States should not have linked politics with a mere human problem. "The request for visa was purely a human issue. It is unfortunate that the request has been rejected on political difference", he said.
The JKLF leader Javaid Ahmad Mir described American act as "inhuman" and said that on one hand America was trumpeting to be the champion of human cause, and on the other, exhibited the most "inhuman character by denying the visa".
America came under flak from several religious heads during their Friday sermons as well today.