No curbs can scuttle Kashmir freedom struggle: Mirwaiz
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