SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Friday said that expressing dissent and “standing upright” against oppression alone “could end the suppression and lead people to the goal of freedom”.
While addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz, as per a statement issued here, appealed people to “show resolve and steadfastness for carrying forward the ongoing resistance movement”.
He said Kashmiris have been struggling against the “yoke of subjugation and oppression” for the past 300 years and have offered innumerable sacrifices.
“Our history of standing up against tyranny and oppression is replete with the instances of courage and sacrifices. Be it the shawl weavers agitation of April 29, 1865, where 28 people lost their lives, the 1924 silk factory agitation, July 1931 when 22 people fell to the bullets of Mahraja’s forces, the genocide of 2 lakh Jammu Muslims in 1947, or the death and destruction which we have been witnessing every day for the last 25 years, the tyrant rulers have changed hands. The world history is witness to the fact that no people can be subjugated forever,” he said.
“We are witnessing the worst form of imperialism, but more painful is the role of local collaborators who help these despotic forces by giving them a local face and legitimacy hence thwarting and damaging the freedom struggle,” Mirwaiz said.
Hurriyat (M) chairman said that imposing restrictions for the fear of not getting exposed before the world is “not going to help in this age of internet and information technology”.
“Restrictions on Friday and funeral prayers, curfews, arrests and detentions, and other attempts to crush the resolve of Kashmiris would never succeed as people would continue to carry forward their resistance struggle,” he said.
Mirwaiz asked people to “unite and remain steadfast while fighting for your just rights”.
“The Hafta-e-Shaadat (Martyrs Week) starting from May 16 would be observed as the Hafta-e-Istiklaal during which it would be resolved that the movement for which lakhs of Kashmir people sacrificed their lives would be taken to its logical conclusion,” he said.
He also condemned the continuous detention of Handwara minor girl, saying it was against all norms of decency and morality and a serious human rights violation.
Mirwaiz also paid tributes to JKLF co-founder, Amanullah Khan, and offered special prayers for him.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz appealed people to attend next Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid Srinagar in large numbers as top Islamic scholars from Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, and other Islamic countries would be delivering lectures there.