Separatists, Hizb ask gunmen not to kill for ideologies
Just eight days ahead of Panchayat polls in Kashmir, there are encouraging statements from both the factions of separatist Hurriyat Conferences. They have asked armed men “not to kill people for their ideologies.”india Updated: Apr 04, 2011 18:02 IST
Just eight days ahead of Panchayat polls in Kashmir, there are encouraging statements from both the factions of separatist Hurriyat Conferences. They have asked armed men “not to kill people for their ideologies.”
“In a democratic set up, people should be allowed to express their point of view and ideology. Killing a person for an ideology should is not only inhuman but also un-Islamic. Such acts should be condemned,” said Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a speech recently while referring to the killing of a senior National Conference leader Ghulam Mohiuddin Bhat.
Bhat, a contractor by profession, was killed by unidentified gunmen on March 30 near his house in south Kashmir’s Tral area, 60 km south of Srinagar. His killing was seen as first major political killing by the militants before the polls to instill sense of fear among the masses. The J-K police blamed the indigenous Hizbul Mujahideen militant outfit for the killing.
Kashmir is going for Panchayat polls from April 13. The 16-phase polls will see more than five million voters choosing 4,130 village heads and 29,719 Panchayat members in 143 developmental blocks of J-K.
The killing of the NC leader was, however, condemned by hardline separatist Syed Ali Shah Geelani too. “The tragic killings of a seven-year-old girl in Kupwara, a retired doctor in Shopian and now Ghulam Mohiuddin Bhat (NC leader) are condemnable. It shows that the crime graph is rising and intolerance is slowly growing in our society,” said Geelani, who has given a boycott call against the polls.
Saying such acts were against Islami values, Geelani said: “It is worrisome that instead of forgiveness a passion of seeking vengeance is flourishing amongst us”.
Geelani’s statement was followed by the largest militant outfit Hizb spokesman Ehsan Ilahi. “Hizb’s constitution is based on Quran and Sunnah, it cannot, therefore, allow the killing of any innocent person irrespective of his affiliation with any religion or social and political organization,” said Ilahi.
But Ilahi was quick to add: “However, anyone who is working as an informer for armed forces and is involved in getting militants and pro-freedom people killed really deserves a punishment. But killing a person simply on the basis of suspicion and without investigation is sheer injustice and a highly condemnable act.”
These statements have come despite unknown militants pasting posters in north Kashmir’s Bandipora and Sopore area and south Kashmir’s Shopian areas.