SRINAGAR: Terming the remarks of India’s defence minister Manohar Parrikar that ‘Army will have to fire weapons and can’t just use lathis’ as provocative, the Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) on Monday said it reveals the minister’s “dictatorial” mindset.
In a statement issued here, DFP general secretary Moulana Abdullah Tari said Parrikar by justifying the use of “brute” force and weapons against civilians in conflict-ridden areas made it clear that “India anyhow wants to suppress the subjugated people of Kashmir by dint of force”.
Drawing attention of the world community towards Indian defence minister’s remarks, Tari said the country that believes in using weapons against the civilians cannot be expected to play any positive role vis-à-vis international politics/relations.
He said Indian forces, due to “inflicting of ruthless tyranny and brutality” on people, are having a very bad record in Jammu Kashmir. “The use of lethal weapons and bullets on our people is nothing new; what India needs to be cognisant of is that the freedom struggle has been passed over to our 4th generation who won’t succumb to the suppressive and repressive measures,” he said.
Extending support to ‘Dargah Hazratbal Chalo’ programme issued by the joint resistance leadership, Tari appealed people to march peacefully while stressing on maintaining utmost discipline throughout the course.
The DFP general secretary condemned in strong words the arrests carried out by J&K Police during nocturnal raids and vandalising of properties saying “these police personnel have to ultimately live in this society and they don’t need to prove themselves more loyal than the king but should instead sympathise with their own people”.
Moulana hailed people for organising gatherings across Valley and reiterated appeal of utilising the Bait-ul-Maal committees for the poor and needy people. “The religious, social, and welfare organisations must continue their selfless job of serving humanity,” Tari said.