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For a change, Geelani's son opposes stone pelting
Saner voice among the hawks
8/21/2018 11:32:43 PM
Early Times Report
SRINAGAR, Aug 21: It turned out as a big surprise for all political pundits across the state when son of dreaded separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani subtly spoke against the stone pelting in Kashmir, asking leaders to devise new strategies for future.
"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," wrote Dr Syed Naseem Geelani in a Srinagar daily.
The article has surprised many as it was Naseem's father who has been advocating stone pelting and instigating youth for such actions. It was his father who spearheaded the 2016 agitation in which more than 90 people were killed during the stop pelting incidents.
Geelani's son who is an Assistant Professor at SKUAST (K) subtly raised his objections about the stone pelting in Kashmir Valley and said that the innocents are being injured during such incidents. Dishing out an example of his friend's brother whose eye was damaged when a stone was hurled at him during the protests, Geelani's son says such protests are nothing but a way of self destruction.
Significantly, the stone pelting is the result of Naseem's father's continuous rants and instigation done by him that has turned Kashmir into a virtual war zone.
Now, when through his write up Geelani's son has mustered courage to speak against the stone pelting, "will his words have any takers and will his father take the suggestions seriously and implement them," asked a Kashmir-based political observer.
"It appears that Naseem is a rare saner voice among the hawks. It's hoped that he will tell his father that it is wrong to ask people to tread the path of self destruction," he said.
Naseem also raised the issues related to environment and called for its protection from all corners. He even emphasised for serious approach to save the state from chaos and confusion.
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