As the separatists continue to scuttle the efforts to bring normalcy in the Kashmir Valley, common people staged a protest against Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Saturday.Large number of parents took out a protest rally in Srinagar against shutdown of schools in Kashmir valley. They said that people want the ongoing hartal to end.
‘SCHOOLS MUST OPEN’ “School khulne chahiye. Geelani saab ki poti hai, vo exam de rahi hai. Hamare bacchon ka future kyun kharab kar rahe hain? (Schools must open. Geelani’s grand-daughter wrote her exams. Why are they spoiling the future of our kids,” asked one of the parents, who staged protest in Srinagar.
The protesters alleged that they were being forced to follow the instructions of the Hurriyat Conference and other separatists. The Valley has been tense for more than 110 days after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani on July 8 in an encounter with security forces.
GEELANI EXPLOITS US’ Hurriyat Conference has refused to give any exemption to education institutions including schools, which were forced to call off exams.”Geelani saab keeps his family safe and exploits the poor people like us. I fear for my life that is why I have covered my face to talk to you,” a parent said.
CUSTOMISED SHUTDOWN IN VALLEY Earlier, it was reported that the DPS, Srinagar, where Geelani’s grand-daughter studies conducted the internal exams under tight security in an indoor stadium. The report exposed the double-speak of the Hurriyat led separatist flank. The protesting parents lamented that separatists customised their protests to suit Hurriyat chairman Geelani’s grand-daughter’s education. Geelani’s grand-daughter appeared for her class 10 internal examination during October 1-5 while other schools were not allowed to run classes or conduct exams.
MILITANTS TARGET SCHOOLS Militants have made schools their special targets in recent weeks. As many as 23 schools were burnt in last three weeks disrupting the education of children in the Valley. Meanwhile, Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Mehbooba Mufti said that separatists wanted to snatch books from the hands of children and replace them with stones.