Hard-line separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday accused Indian state of adopting ‘divide and rule policy’ in Kashmir.
“Under the barrels of guns India is continuing its occupation in Kashmir for the past 65 years. Despite using its military might as well as doling out packages to buy Kashmiris, it failed to subdue the freedom sentiment of people here. But now it has started opting the strategies of imperialistic powers,” said Geelani in a statement following a meeting of Islamic scholars belonging to different ideologies and thoughts.
The veteran separatist leader, claimed that the peaceful agitations during the period from year 2008 to 2010, startled the policy makers of India.
“Witnessing failure on every front, now the Indian state is trying the strategy of imperialistic powers in the valley. To sabotage our freedom struggle, they want to divide and rule us,” Geelani said.
“Indian policy makers have decided to incite religious differences among Muslims of the valley so that the society is divided into fractions,” the 83-year-old leader said while taking a promise from over 20 scholars and ulema to work for the unity of the Muslims in valley.
“By whatever means we will promote unity and brotherhood in Kashmir and will foil the designs of those hell bent to inflame Muslims of different schools of thought against each other," the pledge read.
For the past two months, Kashmir has witnessed over six incidents of ‘accident or sabotage’ on different mosques or Sufi Shrines triggering apprehensions among people that some ‘elements’ are trying to stoke communal tensions.
The biggest provocation came on June 25, when a mysterious blaze destroyed the shrine of an 11th century Sufi saint Sheikh Syed Abdul Qadir Geelani in the heart of old city in Srinagar.
Despite assurances by the state machinery to unveil the truth behind the incidents, police has not come out with facts into any of the incidents.