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‘Allah won’t forgive killers of innocents’: Geelani denounces Amarnath Yatra attack

Syed Ali Geelani, chairman of Tehreek-e-Huriyat,demanded an impartial probe into the terror attack on the Amarnath Yatra pilgrims.

india Updated: Jul 12, 2017 20:57 IST
Ashiq Hussain
Ashiq Hussain
Hindustan Times, Srinagar
Syed Ali Geelani,Tehreek-e-Huriyat,Amarnath Yatra
Separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani(PTI File Photo)

“Almighty Allah won’t forgive the killers of innocents,” said hardline separatist leader, Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday, referring to the attack on Amarnath Yatra pilgrims on July 10.

Demanding an impartial probe, Geelani, chairman of Tehreek-e-Huriyat, expressed his deep grief over the death of the seven pilgrims in the Anantnag attack.

In a statement, the Hurriyat leader said that human lives were precious and quoted a Quranic verse to denounce those who killed the pilgrims.

“Islam says ‘Whosoever kills a soul unless it be (in legal punishment) for murder or for causing disorder and corruption on the earth will be as if he had killed all humankind; and he who saves a life will be as if he had saved the lives of all humankind’,” he said.

A bus carrying over 50 pilgrims mostly from Gujarat and Maharashtra was attacked by gunmen at Batengoo in Anantnag on Monday evening.

The police maintain that the terrorists’ target was the security forces and not the bus carrying the Yatris. They blamed Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba for the attack, however, the militant outfit denied the charges and its spokesperson Abdullah Ghaznavi called it a “highly reprehensible act’’ and blamed “Indian agencies’’ for the attack.

Bodies of the Amarnath pilgrims who were killed in Monday's militant attack at Anantnag in Jammu and Kashmir, being brought by an IAF plane at the airport in Surat on Tuesday. ( PTI )

Geelani reiterated that the Yatris were their guests. “We have no animosity with India nor do we nurture any enmity with their faith,” the pro-Pakistan veteran leader said.

He hailed the Kashmiri youth for their exemplary service, the blood donation campaign and the support they provided to the Yatris in times of distress.

Kashmiris reacted in unison against the attacks with traders organising protest marches on Tuesday and civil society reacting in rage, saying the attack on the centuries-old pilgrimage was against Kashmiri ethos and tradition.

Hoteliers observed a black day on Wednesday while a shutdown was observed in Pahalgam, one of the two base camps for the annual pilgrimage.

“People in Kashmir have always proved that they are not following any fanatical dogma instead their exemplary valour and their respect for minority community has always remained a source of inspiration,” Geelani said.

First Published: Jul 12, 2017 20:55 IST