Geelani’s son denounces stone throwing, calls for introspection


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Srinagar: Younger son of pro-freedom leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani has denounced stone throwing saying it has brought destruction for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Dr. Syed Naseem Geelani, who is an assistant professor at SKAUST, and son of the leading resistance leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani, wrote it in an article in daily Greater Kashmir on Sunday.

The article is mainly talking about the safe guarding of the Article 35-A, which was challenged by a Delhi-based NGO, ‘We the Citizens’, and a few other groups arguing that Article 35-A and Article 370 decimate against the citizens of J-K and the rest of the country.

Naseem focuses to tell the people about the repercussions of abrogation of Article 35-A but also adds that the youth who are throwing stones are becoming enemies of their own people.  While narrating an incident, he writes,

“I came across one of my friends who told me the heart-wrenching story of his brother being hit by a stone in one of the incidents when he was out because of an emergency. Now his one eye is completely damaged. This is just a small illustration why is it important that we show a disciplined way during every protest and focus on how to save ourselves from the big enemies rather than opting for self-destruction. It is time we go for introspection and come up with a strategy which will announce in a strong way that tinkering with our protective laws must not be permitted even if it demands collective sacrifice.”

While raising the issue of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) not being repealed so far, Naseem criticizes the on going strategy adding that the focus should be on little things but “our human desires a lot in one go even when that seems difficult and distant.”

He writes,

We could have protected  everything by raising our voice against the Armed forced special powers act (AFSPA) and other draconian laws. If we start showing concern for every little thing, time will come that we will be able to safeguard our everything from our honour to economics, to environment. But our human heart desires a lot in one go even when that seems difficult and distant. 

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Naseem further adds that the mainstream politicians could have done to strengthen the base of Article 35-A when they were in power. But, unfortunately, they just want to save their chairs.

Last year, Naseem was summoned by the National Investigation Agency (NIA) a few times to its headquarters in New Delhi for questioning in the alleged funding case.

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