Srinagar, Jan 30: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said killing Kashmiris with impunity and severe repression upon them shows “cowardice” of New Delhi which “makes great claims to world leadership but does not want to resolve the Kashmir dispute”.
Mirwaiz, who continues to be under house arrest, said in a statement issued to GNS that New Delhi wants to contain Kashmir through its military might. He said this approach will neither alter the fact of the dispute nor will the people of Kashmir give up their demand for its just resolution in accordance with their aspirations.
Mirwaiz said under the draconian laws like disturbed areas act, (DAA) and armed forces special powers act (AFSPA), the government forces have been given absolute powers to kill at will, with no fear of prosecution or accountability. “In fact even a hint towards these laws and the consequent mayhem they let loose upon Kashmiris is immediately brushed aside by the state arguing that it will ‘lower the morale of the forces’. And such acts are valorized and rewarded by the state,” he said.
Hurriyat (M) chairman said the killings and “severe subjugation” compels Kashmir’s educated youth to take up arms and resist the oppression and fight for their birth right.
He said all space for peaceful agitation for the fundamental political right stands completely chocked and crushed and there is no way left for the younger generation to give vent to their feelings and aspirations in a peaceful and democratic manner.
“Everywhere in Kashmir, an atmosphere of fear and intimidation looms large. People feel completely unsafe and vulnerable to forces’ whims everywhere even in their homes,” Mirwaiz said, adding, “The recent killings of two youth in Shopian district and another young boy a day earlier bear this painful fact. Such killings by forces in Kashmir have become routine since past three decades.”
“Every day we carry the coffins of our youth on our shoulders and there is hardly any village or lane in Kashmir which hasn’t been turned red with the blood of innocents,” he added.
Mirwaiz said while the pro-freedom leadership stays caged or in lock ups and are not even allowed to visit the families of those killed and mourn with them. “Such is the height of cruelty. With every killing, the entire Kashmir especially the downtown is turned into a military fortress and internet and other communication lines are snapped so that people do not even protest,” he said.
“And then a sham of a probe is enacted to settle the situation back to ‘normal’ as if Kashmiris are fools and cannot see through this charade,” Mirwaiz said, adding, “They know the reality and outcome of these so-called probes in which not even a single forces personnel was booked let alone punished.”
Mirwaiz said if the local “collaborators” had any feeling and conscience, they would have stepped down long back. “But to expect such things from the pro-India parties is day-dreaming. They are equally responsible for our miseries.”
Reiterating that Kashmir dispute is political and can’t be resolved militarily, Mirwaiz said New Delhi has to accept the ground realities and resolve it politically. “A meaningful and sustained dialogue with the involvement of all stakeholders is the way forward to stop further bloodshed and destruction.”
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz expressed his heartfelt condolence on the demise of prominent religious scholar Agha Syed Muhamamad Fazullah Mosivi Al-safavi and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.
Mirwaiz termed the demise of Agha Syed as a “big loss for Kashmiri nation” and prayed for highest standards in jannah for the departed soul. (GNS)