SRINAGAR: Director general of J&K Police, Dilbagh Singh on Tuesday said former Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani had admitted in a letter sent by him to all constituents of the separatist outfit that the “path chosen by him was wrong and people were using it for personal gains, while the mission they were pursuing has failed.”
Geelani, 90, the lifetime chairman of the pro-Pakistan Hurriyat Conference, made a surprise announcement of completely dissociating himself from the 16-party Hurriyat Forum on Monday, alleging lack of accountability and a brewing rebellion in the ranks.
Singh, while speaking to reporters after inaugurating the all-women’s police station at Rajouri, said, “Geelani’s letter is an eye-opener. He admitted that they [Hurriyat Conference and its factions] have miserably failed in their mission and the Kashmir issue is being used by people for their personal gain. He also confessed that his path was wrong, and they were propagating negative thinking.”
The DGP said, the aged leader, in his letter, had “cried hoarse” over how people sitting across LoC were luring Kashmiri youths towards narcotics and the “drugged youth are not in their senses”.
Geelani had also stated that “Kashmir’s freedom struggle was reduced to mere drug abuse and serving Pakistan’s interests. He had also accused some people in the amalgam of resorting to “financial irregularities and taking decisions on behalf of him (Geelani) without his consent.”
Asserting that police and other security agencies are working to strengthen the peace prevailing in the valley at present, the DGP said 128 terrorists were eliminated since the beginning of this year, but Pakistan is making all out efforts to push more terrorists into this side to keep the pot boiling.
“This month alone, 48 terrorists were killed in several successful operations, which is the highest number in the month of June in the past many years. The last surviving terrorist from Doda was among three militants killed in Anantnag district yesterday [Monday], while two more militants who were involved in the recent killing of a CRPF jawan and an innocent child were eliminated (in south Kashmir) today [Tuesday],” he said.
Singh said, after receiving inputs that Pakistan is trying to push militants using traditional infiltration routes, security forces have started strengthening the counter-infiltration grid on the LoC and the International Border (IB) in Jammu.
“Earlier, a group of Jaish-e-Mohammed men were killed at Nagrota. The militants were using the Kathua and Poonch sectors in Jammu. We are now strengthening our border grid on IB and LoC in Jammu and in Kashmir in Keran, Uri and Karnah as well. We have reports that militants are also trying to use Machil and Gurez routes,” he said.
(With inputs from agencies)