SRINAGAR: The various Sikh bodies on Monday extended support to Kashmiris’ demand for the right to self determination and stated that the minority community would follow the protest programmes in “letter and spirit”.
Various Sikh bodies including Sikh Intellectual Circle Jammu and Kashmir, Shiromani Akali Dal, International Sikh Federation and Sikh Student Federation jointly condemned the use of pellet guns and use of excessive against the protesters in the Valley, Sikh Intellectual Circle Jammu and Kashmir said.
“The right to self determination should be given to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, which was promised by the then Prime Minister, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. We (Sikh community) support people of Kashmir in their struggle of Plebiscite,” chairman of Sikh Intellectual Circle Jammu Kashmir, Narindar Singh Khalsa, said in the statement.
He said that they have supported the protest programmes called by the joint pro-freedom leadership and would continue to follow it till the right to self determination was not granted to the people of the state.
“The mass uprising in Kashmir can’t be suppressed by the excessive use of force,” he said. “Our team visited the families who lost their beloved ones or got maimed or blinded during the current unrest. We are expressing sympathy with the people victim families and at the same time condemn the brutal use of forces against the unarmed protesters.”
Singh said that human rights organisations and United Nations (UN) should look into the violations being committed in Kashmir and they should also press India to deliver justice to every Kashmiri.
Appealing both India and Pakistan to read what “is written on the walls”, he said, “A meaningful dialogue should be initiated with the people of Kashmir for the restoration of peace here.”
He also condemned the desecration of Gurdawara Sahib in south Kashmir’s Anantnag district by the government forces.