Srinagar: Taking a sharp dig at Omar Abdullahâ€™s claim on micro-blogging site Twitter that not a single innocent person or minor from Kashmir was behind the bars, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani Monday said the chief minister had â€œsurpassed Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels in dissipating lies.â€
â€œThe brazenness with which Omar Abdullah has given this extra-ordinary statement suggests that either he is a lier or he has been kept in the dark by his sub-ordinates about the arrest of 4000 people since last June, who were incarnated in jails during the NC-led government just because of a different political belief,â€ he said.
Citing the examples of Majid-Ullah, 15, from Sarai Bala, Umar Hameed, 16, from Zaina Kadal and 13-year-old Bashir Ahmad Ganai from HMT Zainakote, Geelani said the â€œmajority of the detained people are below the age of 18.â€
Reacting sharply to the chief minister’s statement in which he had denied armyâ€™s reported role in floating pro-India parties, Geelani said the state governmentâ€™s writ â€œruns between secretariat and assembly and itâ€™s the army which Â runs the show in Kashmir.â€
â€œThe state is virtually by the army and police; they are above any law and carry out all political and non-political activities in the state,â€ Geelani said in a statement issued by the amalgam to.
He said on one hand New Delhi had given police and army free hand to crush the peopleâ€™s movement while on the other â€œNational Conference has confined its entire politics to getting pro-freedom youth arrested.â€
â€œNC has no political programme of its own and it doesnâ€™t want to give any space to the pro-freedom politics here . In this scenario, Indian army wanting to create political parties should not come as a surprise to anybody,â€ he said.
Alleging that the army had enforced a ban on religious gatherings in Kupwara, Geelani said an FIR had been lodged against a girl running an Islamic seminary in Thandi Pora area of the north Kashmir district.
â€œThe Army has ordered the Islamic seminaryâ€™s closure,â€ he alleged.