In what can be termed as a shocking remark, former IAS officer Shah Faesal on July 4 said that Hurriyat leaders have a right to send their children abroad. Faesal said that if others can send their children out of the country then criticising the Hurriyat on the same thing is incorrect.
Speaking to media after controversy erupted when the picture of Asiya Andrabi's son surfaced alongside Hulk Hogan, he said:
"Whenever you are criticising, it should be logical. It is not right to critique without any reason. It is not good to critique keeping in mind an agenda. Everybody has the right to send their kids outside India. If people who are here, who are from the other parties are sending their children outside India for studies then Hurriyat also has the right to send their children abroad for studies."
Andrabi is a Kashmiri separatist leader and the founding leader of Dukhtaran-e-Millat. Here is the picture:
Controversial IAS officer Shah Faesal who is the first person from Jammu and Kashmir to have topped the prestigious civil services examination resigned months back, and joined politics and floated a party called the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement.
His remark came in the context that Kashmiri separatists in the valley provokes the youth to pick up stones and fight for the 'cause', but they send their own children to foreign countries for studies. The state of Jammu and Kashmir has been in unrest since more than a year. The youths in the valley are been radicalised to pelt stones against the government.
At a time when the Central government and the Home Ministry has shown a strong front against terror in the valley, with the NIA undertaking a massive crackdown on the anti-India forces and terro funding, Faesal's statement acts as a political backing for the Hurriyat separatists. Almost a month earlier, Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the son of pro-Pakistani separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani were summoned by NIA for questioning in Delhi in a terror financing case.
According to a notice served on them, the Mirwaiz and Naseem Geelani appeared at the National Investigation Agency (NIA) headquarters in New Delhi. The NIA had on February 26 carried out searches at premises of separatist leaders, including the Mirwaiz, in connection with the case related to financing of terrorist and separatist groups in Jammu and Kashmir.