Srinagar: Long regarded as a hardline
separatist, Syed Ali Shah Geelani today came out against
current violence in the Kashmir, telling agitators burning
public property would damage the "movement".
80-year-old Geelani`s surprise public appeal before
television cameras at his residence here came against the
backdrop of violent protests in the valley in which 39 people
have died in recent weeks.
He said those indulging in stone pelting, burning
offices, railway stations and vehicles "did not belong to the
Kashmir movement" and were only causing harm to the issue.
"Such violence will not affect the people we are
protesting against. It will only affect us. We should think
about this with a calm mind. It is my wish that this movement
goes further but not in violent manner," Geelani, who was
released on Monday from the custody, said.
He said though all the violence is a reaction to the
injustice on Kashmiris, they should not forget the basic
"We should, in all circumstances, bring forward our
helpless situation. We are not cruel, we are helpless and
through this we should they should also know that we have a
good upbringing," he said.
Geelani asked people to undertake peaceful
demonstrations and stage sit-in wherever they are stopped by
He appealed to people to give a thought to his appeal
with a calm mind and refrain from indulging in violent