‘Rubia, Nahida kidnappings were immoral’

Syed Ali Shah Geelani, the Chairman of the hardline faction of Hurriyat Conference has written that kidnapping of Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of former Union Home Minister, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed in 1989, and of Nahida Soz daughter of former Union Minister Saif-ud-Din Soz were immoral acts, which had no justification in “our” freedom struggle. He said that it caused serious harm to “our” movement.

“Their kidnapping cannot be justified on moral grounds or any other ground,” Geelani writes in his recently released autobiography Wullar ke Kinary’s second part.

He, however, ridicules both Mufti Muhammad Sayeed and Prof. Saif-ud-Din Soz and their parties for playing part in ‘enslaving people of Kashmir. “But it is in no way admissible to punish their children or relatives for their actions”, he writes. “Making their daughters to undergo mental torture is negating our principles… their kidnapping has not given any benefit to Kashmiri movement. Instead it has harmed the cause,” Geelani has written. Rubaiya Sayeed, daughter of Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, the then Union Home Minister in VP Singh’s government, was kidnapped by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) militants on December 8, 1989.

The JKLF demanded release of five of its commanders in lieu for Rubia’s release. The government conceded to the demands of JKLF and freed all five senior commanders of the outfit. Rubaiya Sayeed was released from captivity on December 13.

On February 27, 1991, Nahida Soz, daughter of Saif-ud-Din Soz, Member of Parliament from National Conference, later a union minister, was kidnapped from Srinagar and released on March 8 in exchange of five other militants. This time the kidnappers belonged to Students Liberation Front (SLF), which later came to be known as Ikhwanul Muslimeen.

He has also questioned kidnapping and killing of Prof. Musheer-ul- Haq, the then vice-chancellor of Kashmir University, his personal assistant Abdul Gani and General Manager Hindustan Machine Tools, a manufacturing company, H L Kehra in April 1990. All of them were later killed by their kidnappers.

“Here question arises what sins they had committed and why they were killed. Were these kinds of incidents in tune with our struggle? Our struggle was against Indian Army and paramilitary forces. It was not against any religion, caste, colour or creed. Had our youth (militants) started armed struggle under principled political leadership, these things would not have happened” Geelani says.

Prof. Musheer-ul-Haq, then Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University and a well-known scholar of Muslim theology was kidnapped on April 6, 1990 and later killed. On April 10, 1990 H L Khera, was abducted and later killed.

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