Geelani condemns presiding officer’s killing

Geelani condemns presiding officer’s killing

‘Employees should resist forced selection or deployment’

Srinagar: The chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has condemned the killing of presiding officer in a suspected militant attack on Thursday evening south Kashmir’s Shopian district.

He ‘advised’ the government employees that they should resist their forced selection or deployment and if the government will further force them, they can fight it out in the judiciary also. “The government employees are held hostage which is totally against the international laws,” he alleged.

Expressing his deep sorrow and dismay over the killing, he expressed his sympathy with the bereaved family of Muhammad Zia-ul-Haq over the demise and said: “the election in Jammu and Kashmir are actually a practical military operation and government employees are forcibly included into this military operation which doesn’t have any moral or legal justifications and it is also a grave human rights violation.”

“Geelani said that as there are a huge presence of Indian forces in the shape of 7.5 lakh army, paramilitary forces and police, so government should select its polling staff among these police and other forces and the civil employees should not be dragged into this military exercise.” He said that the ‘election drama’ in Jammu and Kashmir is held in ‘war like situation’ and the government employees are ‘forcibly involved in this game’, which is ‘excess’ with them and it doesn’t have ‘any justification’.

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