Srinagar, Mar 12: The Awami Action Committee (AAC) president Mirwaiz Umar Farooq presided over a meeting of its working and central committee members. The meeting discussed the current political situation and developments in the valley in the context of people’s ongoing political struggle.
According to a statement issued to KNS, expressing sorrow and grief over the martyrdom of Kashmiris across the valley including the killing of 15-year-old Amir Nazir at the hands of Indian forces in past few days, the participants extended their sympathy to the bereaved families and prayed for the deceased souls. The members reiterated their resolve that to continue to strive for achieving the right to self-determination for which immense sacrifices are being made by the people of Kashmir.
Terming the ban on the peaceful political activities of pro-freedom leaders, curbs on peaceful protests by the masses unabated use of pellet guns against Kashmir, killings, torture, arrests and detention, repeated impositions of restrictions and other measures adopted by the ruling class to suppress the freedom movement as condemnable and inhuman. The participants said that such measures have neither in the past nor will they in the future be of any consequence in suppressing the peoples’ movement, all that they do is strengthen peoples resolve further to fight the occupation.
Asserting that Kashmir dispute was neither a law and order problem nor a bilateral territorial issue between India and Pakistan but was primarily about the people of Kashmir with regard to being given the basic right to decide their political future to put an end to their tremendous suffering and life of uncertainty and misery that they are subject to for the past 70 years. The participants stated that the resolution to this human issue can be either through the implementation of UN resolutions or through dialogue and deliberations among India, Pakistan and the main party the people of Kashmir.
Observing that at international level there is more awareness and concern regarding the situation in Kashmir, much work needs to be done to channelize it ,to put pressure on Indian leadership to shun its obduracy and repression and take steps to respect the human rights of the people of Kashmir and resolve the dispute in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris. This would be in the interest of all parties involved in the dispute and give stability to the region to focus on progress and growth which both Mr. Modi and Mr. Nawaz Sharief want for their respective countries and people.
On the occasion AAC president, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed the unity, and commitment among the leadership and people as significant and inevitable especially at this juncture in the history of peoples struggle to reach their goal of political freedom. Stressing upon the leaders, workers, and activists of AAC to play a positive and proactive role in the struggle, Mirwaiz urged them to reach out to people as much as they can to help and assist them in these trying times.
Mirwaiz also stressed upon them to make the programmes of joint resistance leadership a success, and be vigilant against the anti-movement people and their designs to subvert the sacred struggle.
In response, the all the members present assured the Mirwaiz of full support and commitment. The meeting also condemned the time and again sealing of Jamia Masjid by the army and the police forces particularly on Fridays, when a large number of police and Indian forces surrounds the Jamia Masjid to prevent people from offering prayers. They said it is an effort to weaken the centrality of the Jamia Masjid as its pulpit advocates the political aspirations of Kashmiris since centuries. (KNS)