Srinagar, Mar 30: Hours after the Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani was allowed to offer Friday prayers after eight years of house detention, the state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Friday said that freeing pro-freedom leadership is the part of Confidence Building Measure (CBM).
Talking to a news agency, BJP State Secretary (Organization), Ashok Koul said that the decision to free the pro-freedom leadership is the part of CBM. “Director General of Police (DGP) must have got directions from the government to free the pro-freedom leadership as it is the part of CBM and also a good step,” he said.
He further stated that the pro-freedom leadership should come out and show the right direction to the people of Kashmir.
A local daily on Thursday quoted S. P. Vaid, the head of the state police, stating that Syed Ali Geelani, Mohammad Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the three leaders of Joint Resistance Leadership, are “free to carry out their political and social activities.” “But they have to take the responsibility of not creating any law and order problem. They have to also refrain from making anti-national speeches,” he said.
Geelani has been under house confinement for the past eight years and he wasn’t allowed to offer Friday prayers in the masjid since then.
Reacting to the government decision of setting Geelani free after eight years, Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai said that it is too early to comment on Geelani’s release from house detention. “Their assertions would be proved only when they provide us hassle-free political space,” he said. (KNS)