Syed Ali Geelani, the leader of a hardline faction in India’s Kashmiri separatist movement, today condemned the Taliban militants in neighboring Pakistan. Citing in particular Thursday’s bombings, Geelani said the attacks “are forbidden in Islam as innocents are killed.”
Geelani suggested that the “Taliban leadership needs to give up violence and adopt peaceful means to get their demands addressed,” warning that innocent casualties cannot be tolerated.
Geelani’s status as a high profile member of the Kashmiri separatist movement puts him in a unique position with Pakistan’s more conservative and Islamist factions, upon which the Taliban groups rely for support. However his reluctance to publicly condemn terrorist attacks in Kashmir leaves his decision to publicly castigate the Taliban somewhat perplexing.