India denying political space in Kashmir: Geelani

Greater Kashmir Report, (July 03)
Indian security forces have killed 800 militants in Jammu and Kashmir since 2014, of which 249 were killed in 2018, the Centre told the Parliament on Wednesday.
In a written response to a question in the Lok Sabha, Minister of State in the Defence Ministry Shripad Naik said 104 militants were killed in 2014, 97 in 2015, 140 in 2016 and 210 in 2017.
He said the security forces are combating the militants’ activities, both along the Line of Control by eliminating the infiltration bids and in hinterland by carrying out counter-insurgency operations.
Replying to a separate question, Naik said firm and decisive response was given by the Army to the ceasefire violations on the India-Pakistan border.
In March, April and May, he said 267, 234, 221 cases of ceasefire violations were reported, respectively.
In a response to another question on whether the United States had approved the sale of armed drones to India, Naik said: “This is a continuous process undertaken through procurement from various indigenous as well as foreign sources. Highest priority is accorded to optimally equip the armed forces and keep them in a state of readiness.”
Based on threat assessment and security imperatives, the minister said, the government constantly review the national security scenario and take steps to induct appropriate defence equipment to meet India’s security challenges and operational requirements.
Government denying political space in Kashmir : Geelani
Kashmiri Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani , criticized police actions in Lashmir alleging that “political space was being denied by creating a situation of uncertainty in the state.”
In a statement issued on Tuesday (July 02) Geelani while taking a serious notice of prevailing repressive policy of India to push the people—especially the young generation to the wall, Hurriyat chairman alleged “India’s attitude to suppress the political will and freedom sentiments of the people of Kashmir by using its military might has attained new heights.” “The victims of political vengeance get repeatedly public safety acts slapped on them and prolonging their detention despite court orders of their release, is the worst form of vendetta, ordeal and lawlessness.”
He alleged that “denial of basic amenities to these prisoners in almost all jails in and outside the state has made their lives vulnerable and as worse as slaves.”
Condemning the illegal detention of political leaders and activists . He mentioned the political detainees including Muhammad Yasin Malik, Shabir Ahmad Shah, Masarat Aalam Bhat, Dr. Ghulam Muhammad Bhat, Dr. Muhammad Shafi Shariyati, Dr. Muhammad Qasim Faktoo, Asiya Indrabi, Fehmeeda Sofi, Nahida Nasreen, Altaf Ahmad Shah, Ayaz Akbar, Peer Saifullah, Raja Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, Shahi-ul-Islam, Fraooq Ahmad Dar, Zahoor Ahmad Watali, Syed Shahid Yousuf, Syed Shakeel Ahmad, Mohammad Yousuf Falahi, Abdul Ahad Parra, Abdul Gani Bhat, Dr. Hameed Fayaaz, Sheikh Mohammad Ramzan, Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, Abdullah Nasir, Gh. Qadir Bhat, Nazir Ahmad Sheikh, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Tariq Ahmad, Muzfar Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Hussain, Pir Mohammad Ashraf, Mushtaq Ahmad Hura, Yasin Ahmad Hura, Samiullah, Asadullah Parray, Hakeem Showkat, Mehraj-ud-Nanda, Basharat Bazaz, Tariq Ahmad Pandith, Mohammad Hussain, Hilal Ahmad Beigh, Noor Mohammad Kalwal, Advocate Zahid Ali, Istiyaq Ahmad Wani, Dr. Mohammad Saleem, Moulana Sarjan Barkati, Abdul Hai, Asif Sultan and Abdul Rashid Shigan among others.
The Kashmiri separatist leader urged upon the world bodies particularly those working for human and prisoners rights to take note of these gross violations and ensure safe and early release of these victims of political vandalism and judicial onslaught.
Geelani’s grand son summoned
Meanwhile, Indian National Investigation Agency (NIA) Tuesday (July 02)summoned Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s, grandson to New Delhi for questioning in an alleged militancy funding case.
The central probe agency issued notice to Anees-ul-Islam of Buchpora Soura, under section 160 CrPc r/w 43(F) of Unlawful Activities Act 1967 and asked him to appear for questioning in New Delhi on 9 July.
Anees is the son of incarcerated Hurriyat (G) leader Altaf Shah (Fantosh). Shah was arrested by NIA along with other separatist leaders in the year 2017.
Anees has been called for questioning in connection with the case registered by NIA on 30 May 2017 against Jammat-ud-Dawah, Duktaran-e-Millat, Lashkar-e-Toiba, Hizb-ul-Mujahideen and other separatist leaders for raising, receiving and collecting funds for financing separatist and militant activities in the state besides entering into a “larger conspiracy for causing disruption in Kashmir and for waging war against India.”
So far, NIA has charge-sheeted 13 accused including JuD leader Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, Hizb head Syed Salahuddin, seven separatist leaders and four others including businessman Zahoor Ahamad Shah (Watali).
Earlier, NIA had said that “significant evidence” relating to funding of separatists through Pakistan and United Arab Emirates-based businessman, Inter Service Intelligence of Pakistan, High Commission of Pakistan in Delhi was collected and presented to the NIA Special Court in the charge-sheets.

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