SRINAGAR: Chairman Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Thursday said no nation can be enslaved in the name of development as “it is against basic human ethics and nature”.
Malik was reacting to the speech of prime minster Narendra Modi in Jammu where he talked of development.
In a statement issued here, Malik said no nation can tolerate the attack on its self-respect, freedom, and human rights in the name of peace, progress, and development. “If any nation’s enslavement could have been prolonged or fixed by the rhetoric of peace and development, majority of nations including India would have been reeling under the slavery,” he said.
“Our reply to Narendra Modi is same what Gandhiji replied to Britishers; that progress and prosperity will come and go but we won’t surrender our pride and sacrifices. Poverty is acceptable to us not slavery and occupation. Modi Ji must understand that all roads leading to peace and prosperity go through the resolution of Kashmir issue and if he wants the whole of South Asia to progress, he should muster courage to resolve this issue as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Jammu Kashmir,” Malik said.
JKLF chief also slammed Indian media for its claims that the killing of five civilians in Kupwara was a result of unemployment. “This is actually a ploy to divert the attention from brutal killings by Indian forces and such ugly propaganda has been running from last three decades,” he said.
“Even our educated, well-settled, and efficient young ones are laying their lives for a just cause. This propaganda by Indian media will never succeed in defeating our spirit and passion for seeking freedom,” he said.