‘Hurriyat leaders working on directions of Pak to keep “Kashmir pot boiling”: Ashok Koul
Srinagar, May 18: A day after Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, rejected Ramadhan Ceasefire announcement, by terming it as a cruel joke with the people, the Bhartiya Janta Pary (BJP) Friday accused separatist leaders of sabotaging the peace initiatives, and acting on the directions of Pakistan to keep Kashmir pot boiling.
“The ceasefire announcement was the good gesture from the government. Instead of welcoming it, Hurriyat leaders issued negative statement. Now it is quite clear that these “so called leaders” are taking dictates from Pakistan and are happy with killings,” BJP’s State General secretary, Ashok Koul told KNS over phone.
The BJP leader said that separatist leaders are playing politics just to run their shops and befool the people. “They love violence that is why they are always in search of something which can help them to play their politics.” Koul maintained.
The JRL Thursday termed government of India’s Ramadhan ceasefire announcement as “a cruel joke with the people” and said the people of Kashmir want a “permanent halt to war.
Ashok Koul further blamed that separatist leaders create uncertainty and sabotage the peace initiatives. “People of Jammu and Kashmir have always suffered because of the machinations of these people,” he maintained.
The BJP leader further said, “Whenever situation becomes peaceful in valley they get restless and disturb the peace. “In the last two decades separatists have developed certain vested interests for running their shops by not allowing the situation to return to normalcy,” Koul blamed.
It is to mention here that the Joint Resistance leadership (JRL) comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Thursday termed government of India’s Ramadhan ceasefire announcement as “a cruel joke with the people” and said the people of Kashmir want a “permanent halt to war.”
The JRL’s statement came a days after the Centre asked its forces in Kashmir not to carry out anti-militancy operations during Ramadhan.
The three leaders held a brief meeting at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence before commenting on the ceasefire issue. The trio called ceasefire as “operation halt”.
“Operation halt is as a cruel joke with the freedom loving people of Kashmir who are engaged in a legitimate movement for the right to self-determination. The people of Kashmir as a peace loving nation believe in permanent peace rather than a relaxation in killing for one month,” said a statement issued by the three leaders.
“People want a permanent halt on war thrust upon them by Delhi.”
The leaders said that instead of hearing the clear message of the people of Kashmir, India is hell bent on silencing the genuine voice of the people with its military might.
“Delhi is suffering from arrogance of power. It out rightly rejects the UN resolutions, legitimate and peaceful formula of right to self-determination or even the science of dialogue as a means of conflict resolution,” the leaders said.
Terming the “operation halt” as a ploy to hoodwink the public opinion on both national and international level, the leaders advised Indian authorities to “shun arrogance and accept Kashmir as a dispute”.
“Declaring truce for a month and at the same time refusing to solve Kashmir dispute is mere hypocrisy. It is highly illogical and unfortunate to offer relaxations in killings for one month and then restart it with impunity,” the leaders said.
The leaders reiterated its appeal to the freedom loving people of Kashmir to make Lal Chowk chalo call for Saturday a grand success in order to send a clear message to the Indian authorities that the people of Kashmir would never compromise on the demand for their right to self-determination.
“We also appeal people to shut all the business shops and offices on the occasion of Indian prime ministers proposed visit on May 19,” the leaders had said. (KNS)