SRINAGAR: Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Sunday criticised Jammu and Kashmir CM Mehbooba Mufti’s ‘cat-pigeon’ analogy while talking about the rehabilitation of Kashmiri Pandits in the Valley and said she “has lost her mental balance after attaining power”.
“Comparing Kashmiris (sic) as cats is very humiliating statement on the part of Mehbooba Mufti,” a Hurriyat statement said on Sunday.
Geelani said Kashmiris are like pigeons and Indian Army was behaving like cars and “mercilessly killing innocent Kashmiri people (pigeons) and destroying their nests”.
He said there will be no threats to Kashmiri Pandits if they returned to their native places and “they can peacefully live with their Muslim brothers there”.
He said: “Geelani sahab reminded Mehbooba Mufti that there are hundreds of Pandit families in Kashmir with their Muslim brethren and they did not leave the Valley. They are not only safe in their native places but their Muslim neighbours share their grief. Even the Muslim neighbours perform the last rites of their Pandit brethren. We will welcome our Pandit brethren on their ghar wapsi and they will get respect and love from their Muslim neighbours (sic) alike in the past.”
He said nobody will have any objections if the state government provided them Rs 30 lakh instead of Rs 20 lakh for their rehabilitation.