No curbs can scut­tle Kash­mir free­dom strug­gle: Mir­waiz

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—Terming the Sri­na­gar govern­ment ac­tion of plac­ing curbs to stop the re­sis­tance lead­er­ship from par­tic­i­pat­ing in po­lit­i­cal and re­li­gious pro­grammes, de­tain­ing them and plac­ing them un­der house ar­rest, as a worst-form of state-spon­sored ex­com­mu­ni­ca­tion bor­der­ing on ter­ror­ism, All Par­ties Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (APHC) Chair­man, Mir­waiz Dr. Moulvi Muham­mad Umar Fa­rooq has said such curbs would not sup­press the strug­gle for le­git­i­mate rights of the peo­ple of Jammu Kash­mir.

Ad­dress­ing a crowded press con­fer­ence at the APHC Head­quar­ters at Ra­jbagh af­ter chair­ing an Ex­ec­u­tive Coun­cil meet­ing of the con­glom­er­ate, the APHC Chair­man said ev­ery pro-In­dia po­lit­i­cal party when in op­po­si­tion talks in a propeo­ple tone but soon af­ter com­ing to power, they change their colour like chameleons and start un­demo­cratic means and force to crush the rights of the peo­ple.

Stress­ing that APHC rep­re­sents the sen­ti­ments of the peo­ple of Jammu Kash­mir, he said the on­go­ing re­sis­tance move­ment is not a move­ment of any leader or any po­lit­i­cal party but the move­ment of the peo­ple of Jammu Kash­mir which could nei­ther be crushed in the past nor brushed aside.

Giv­ing ex­am­ples of how the ac­tivists of the re­sis­tance groups in­clud­ing the Hur­riyat, pro-free­dom peo­ple in­clud­ing youth were be­ing forced to make their at­ten­dance at po­lice sta­tions on a rou­tine ba­sis where their pictures are pasted along with crim­i­nals, the Mir­waiz said a list of profree­dom peo­ple and youth in dif­fer­ent dis­tricts was be­ing pre­pared so that they are tor­tured men­tally which could leave the path of vi­o­lence.

He said un­der a well-planned con­spir­acy, dif­fer­ent means were be­ing adopted to de­mor­al­ize the re­sis­tance lead­er­ship and the free­dom-loving peo­ple of Jammu Kash­mir par­tic­u­larly the youth.

In­form­ing that from the Miem­ber and Mehraab of Jamia Masjid Sri­na­gar, the wishes and as­pi­ra­tions of peo­ple are be­ing voiced for cen­turies, the APHC Chair­man said with its ne­far­i­ous de­signs, the govern­ment was tar­get­ing and try­ing to harm the his­toric value and cen­tral­ity of the Jamia Masjid.

He said by de­lib­er­ately keep­ing a mas­sive pres­ence of po­lice and other govern­ment forces ev­ery Fri­day, peo­ple were be­ing ha­rassed so that they do not come to of­fer prayers at the his­toric Masjid but if the govern­ment thinks they would be suc­cess­ful in sidelin­ing Jamia Masjid, they were wrong.

The Mir­waiz said peo­ple who had been talking about pro­vid­ing right to free­dom of ex­pres­sion, pro­vid­ing an en­vi­ron­ment for the bat­tle of ideas, and giv­ing a heal­ing touch was deal­ing with the peo­ple with a killing touch.

Stress­ing that deal­ing peo­ple with vi­o­lence, blood­shed and ex­trem­ist ac­tions would not break their re­solve for car­ry­ing for­ward their strug­gle for just rights, he said Kash­mir had lit­er­ally been con­verted into a Po­lice State.

The APHC Chair­man said by plac­ing him, the vet­eran re­sis­tance leader, Syed Ali Gee­lani, Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik or other re­sis­tance lead­ers un­der house ar­rest and stop­ping them from car­ry­ing their ac­tiv­i­ties, the strug­gle based on just rights can­not be sup­pressed and the sen­ti­ments of the re­sis­tance lead­er­ship and free­dom-loving peo­ple of Kash­mir can­not be changed with these pres­sure tac­tics.—Email

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