Authorities using students to suppress movement: Gilani

SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, veteran Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that the occupation authorities are using students to suppress the ongoing movement.

According to Kashmir Media Service, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar said, “In the garb of education of our students the authorities have hatched a conspiracy to suppress the ongoing movement. Asking the students to attend the schools is an attempt to break the movement, which is giving sleepless nights to Indian leadership.”

The veteran leader appealed to the parents not to send their wards to the schools on the shutdown days. However, he maintained that the students could attend the schools on the normal days according to the protest calendar announced in connection with the Quit Kashmir Movement. “We are also concerned about the education of our children. I want to maintain that we are aware about the importance of education but at the same time how can we forget that most of the 109 youth and teenagers who fell to bullets of troopers and cops, were students,” he added.

Syed Ali Gilani deplored that on one hand, Indian troops and police personnel were targeting the students to suppress the present uprising, and on the other, they were showing concern over their education. He pointed out that during the current agitation, the authorities had arrested and booked scores of students under false charges and the black law, Public Safety Act
just for staging peaceful protests against killing of their colleagues.

The veteran Hurriyet leader said that the liberation struggle had reached a decisive phase and Kashmiris were ready to render any kind of sacrifice for the movement. He maintained that people from all walks were wholeheartedly supporting the protest programme.

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