January 29, 2015 | By Sikh Siyasat Bureau
Srinagar: Pro-Freedom Kashmiri leader and Hurriyat Conference Chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani reportedly paid tributes to two militants who were killed in an encounter in Tral area of Kashmir, in which an army commander and a policeman died.
He said that “due to the rigid and stubborn approach of the Indian government, the youths are opting for gun instead of pen and this policy is costing further precious human lives in the region,” according to a Hurriyat statement.
Colonel M N Rai and a policeman were killed in the gunbattle with two local militants in Tral area of Pulwama district on January 29.
Geelani said, “…Sooner or later India has to accept the ground realities regarding Kashmir.” Meanwhile, asked to comment on Geelani’s remarks, BJP state unit chief Jugal Kishore Sharma in Jammu evaded a direct reply and said, “The army is doing a great service to the nation.”
Minister of State in the Indian Prime Minister’s Office Jitendra Singh also refused to comment on the issue.
The statement of pro freedom Kashmiri leader has already sparked a controversy.
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