Omar ruling J&K with army's support: Geelani

Srinagar: A day after Omar Abdullah asked the separatists to "shun hooliganism", hardline Hurriyat Conference chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani on Friday said the Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister was ruling the state with the support of army.

"If the army is withdrawn from J&K, the government of Omar Abdullah will lose its address in one day," Geelani said in a statement here.

Referring to the murder of shopkeeper Tariq Ahmed Bhat, who was beaten by hooligans here on December 3 when he refused to heed a separatists' call for a shutdown, Omar had yesterday asked the separatists to "shun hooliganism and fight on political turf".

"One day you have to apologise to the people for this sort of attitude....A peaceful and youthful person of Nowhatta is the latest victim of your outlook...The innocent youth was killed as he rejected the unnecessary strike calls given by the separatists," he had said.

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said the killing of the youth was unfortunate but "the mainstream leaders should stop lecturing on it".

"They should look at their track record ... If there is any remorse in them, let them take action against those (security forces) personnel responsible for killings (during protests) since 2008," he said.