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By News Desk | Srinagar Stating that the ongoing movement had nothing to do with the killings of innocent and unarmed civilians, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Tuesday said, that the killing of any unarmed and innocent  person affiliated with any political ideology was against the spirit of the ongoing separatist movement and should be denounced strongly. “I tell with authority that the killings of civilians including Panches and Sarpanches do not have any relevance or connection with the ongoing movement and those unidentified gun men who do this should be unmasked,” Geelani told a news agency

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By News Desk | Srinagar While demanding immediate release of youth detained in various jails, the pro-freedom group Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani today warned India of dangerous consequences “in case it did not stop ‘atrocities’ against Kashmiris”. In a video statement to a news agency, KNS, the octogenarian leader said, “We tell the Government of India’s  home department, which is in reality controlling and governing the state, that excesses, arrests, atrocities on youth apart from harming their educational careers and health will have dangerous consequences which will be unbearable for them (GoI)”. “So I demand that our

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By News Desk | Srinagar The Chairman of a pro-freedom group in Jammu and Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani Wednesday said that the killing of a youth in Sopore in a mosque was un-Islamic. While strongly condemning the incident, Geelani said that such killings carried out by the “undercover” and “unknown gunmen” were a menace and must be unearthed. “Masjid is a place of peace. When the boy had taken shelter in it, he should have been spared, but I don’t know, who these people were. who carried out this heinous act,” shocked Geelani said. He added

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By News Desk | Srinagar Terming the death of a youth in Islamabad district of South Kashmir during to stone throwing  as unfortunate and extremely condemnable , the chairman of a pro-freedom Hurriyat Conference group, Syed Ali Geelani today called upon agitating youth to maintain discipline in the ongoing struggle. “Discipline is a pre-requisite for success of any struggle and our youth should strive to remain disciplined while lodging protest. The act is against humanity and human values and I express my apology from the bottom of my heart to the bereaved family. No innocent people should be targeted by

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By News Desk | Photographs by Shahid Tantray Lashing out at the authorities for not allowing his supporters and well wishers to welcome and greet him at the Srinagar Airport on his arrival here today, Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani said the state was being ‘ruled by police and army’. “Is this what they call democracy? Government of India and the state government have crossed the limits of shamelessness through their inhuman and barbaric restrictions. Jammu and Kashmir has become a police state and it is a blot on the face of their so called democracy,” Geelani told

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By News Desk | Srinagar The chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has condemned the killing of 24-year-old, Tahir Rasool Sofi who was killed in district Varmul of North Kashmir, this afternoon by the army’s 46-Rashtriya Rifles. Addressing the people telephonically from New Delhi, Geelani said “martyrdom of Tahir Rasool Sofi will not go astray and it will be remembered always till our struggle for freedom reaches a logical conclusion.” He paid rich tributes to the deceased and prayed for the patience and the strength for the family of Sofi. Sofi, 24, was shot at head and he

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By News Desk While calling for a “joint coordinated effort” on part of the separatist leadership, Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that in the wake of the current situation, the future strategy to move forward would be devised only after taking suggestions from all the constituents of the conglomerate. In view of the ongoing serious situation, the Mirwaiz stressed that it was the need of the hour that pro-resistance leadership should sit together and devise a “joint coordinated effort” to take forward the freedom movement and mission of Martyr Afzal Guru and thousands of other like him. While

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By Shahid Tantray, Photojournalist | Srinagar, Kashmir A group of youth gathered for a candle light protest here today, in support of Afzal Guru, demanding re-investigation of the case. The protestors appealed to the president of India for “justice for Afzal Guru”.  They said if Guru will be hanged then peace process will get affected in Kashmir. Guru was accused of being a Jaish-e-Mohammad militant and then convicted of the December 2001 Indian Parliament attack. He was sentenced to death by the Supreme Court of India in 2004, which was scheduled to be carried out on October 20, 2006 but he was given

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Kashmiri protestors peacefully registering their protest against the anti-islam film that was also 'screened at a local school by the Indian army' . Photo: Yawar Kabli/Kashmir Dispatch By Inshah Malik Kashmir, its people and their passions often get sidelined, when a swarm of angry protestors across the West Asia flood at the American embassies registering their discontent against ‘disrespect shown to the Holy Prophet of Islam’. Kashmiris are well updated about the events concerning Muslims at large and those issues have varied implications in their socio-political context. Perhaps, Kashmir is now officially a place where ‘Islamophobic’ videos are featured in

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University of Kashmir By Gowhar Geelani Perhaps it is the state’s worst-kept secret that politics of any kind is not allowed inside the University of Kashmir. Since past two decades the so-called mainstream politicians, perhaps deeply disturbed by the popularity of leaders belonging to the pro-resistance camp, have been pitching for “de-linking politics from academics”. In this very context, everything was done from ‘stick to carrot policy’ to ensure that the University remained apolitical during the turmoil years. The continued ban on the Student Union is a case in point. On the other hand, a handful of professors, lecturers and

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