Lash out at Mehbooba ‘for justifying brutalities’ on people
Srinagar: The 2010 experiment of gatecrashing pro-freedom leaders’ residences, apparently to show that New Delhi is engaging with all stakeholders, failed this time when three major leaders spearheading the raging uprising shut doors on a visiting delegation of Indian parliamentarians on Sunday.
The All-Party Delegation (APD) led by home minister Rajnath Singh arrived in Srinagar in the morning and met various delegations, significant among them being pro-India political parties at the SKICC.
In the post-lunch session, a few MPs— Sitaram Yechury, Sharad Yadav, Assaduddin Owaisi, D Raja, Rajgopal Narayan and Fayaz Mir—went to Syed Ali Geelani’s residence at Hyderpora; Humhama police station where Yasin Malik has been detained and Chashmashahi sub jail where Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been imprisoned.
The MPs were snubbed at all the places.
The delegation waited for about 10 minutes outside Geelani’s residence, which was closed from inside. They got no response. As they were waiting for a response, dozens of locals, women among them, assembled at the place and shouted pro-freedom slogans. Slogans became louder as the cavalcade of the MPs started leaving.
In 2010, Yechury and Ram Vilas Paswan, who had arrived at Geelani’s residence in the same fashion, had managed to talk to him for a few minutes.
Paswan, who is a minister in Narendra Modi’s cabinet now and is part of the delegation this time also, referred to his meeting with pro-freedom leaders during his speech at SKICC. However, he did not attempt to venture out.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was approached by MP Aaduddin Owaisi but he politely refused to talk to him. Sources said other MPs also attempted to reach out to him but he refused to engage with them.
JKLF chief Yasin Malik similarly snubbed the delegation members Sita Ram Yechury, Sharad Yadav and D Raja.
A JKLF spokesman said that Yasin Malik told the delegation members that he won’t like to discuss Kashmir issue with them because the APD has no mandate to talk on Kashmir resolution outside the ambit of Indian constitution.
“The delegation is interested in holding talks within the framework of Indian Constitution and pro-freedom leadership has already ruled out talks on Kashmir within Indian constitution,” the spokesman said.
The joint Hurriyat leadership had already announced its decision to boycott the APD, saying the talks could not be held under the ambit of the Constitution of India.
Yasin Malik, Ashraf Sehrai, Shabir Shah, Nayeem Khan and dozens of other resistance leaders remain in prison or under house detention.
“We had come to hold talks and listen to his (Geelani’s) viewpoint. But he didn’t open the door,” said Yechury, adding “Only through talks we can move forward.”
He said that chief minister Mehbooba Mufti in her capacity as president of ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) had sent out letters to pro-freedom leaders late on Saturday evening urging them to meet the visiting APD. Sources said police had tough time in delivering her letters to the caged leaders.
Earlier, reacting to Mehbooba’s invitation, Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik in a joint statement said that “Indian war machine is on a spree to kill, maim and disfigure an entire population into complete submission for demanding freedom from Indian occupation which is the birth right of all human beings with full knowledge of Mehbooba Mufti.”
“Unfortunately Indian occupation forces in J&K have a fig-leaf available in the shape of a quisling government fronted by her with the only brief to provide a civilian mask to a brutal military occupation. Despite killings and injuries of war-proportions she continues to perform shamelessly this role of obfuscation,” the statement said.
“It is not surprising that even now her dominant concern, as expressed in her letter is to lend credence and credibility to the Indian Parliamentary Delegation visiting Kashmir avowedly to ascertain wishes of the people. Everyone knows that people have been shouting aazadi on the roads for those who want to listen and writing on walls and placards for those who can see. The dirty ambitions of the collaborators and their masters in Delhi have turned them deaf and blind,” the statement said.
The statement said that Mehbooba’s mind touched a “new low when she recently tried to justify the Indian brutalities by saying that Kashmiri boys don’t go out to the camps with milk and toffees”.
“That seemed to even embarrass her Indian boss sitting beside her. They should not have forgotten that a terrorised population cannot greet an occupation army but with stones,” the statement added.
The trio said that Indian engagement with the people of Jammu and Kashmir has been “only through state violence perpetrated through these armed forces that have killed close to a lakh and brutalized all of the population.”
“In politics India has deployed deceit, double talk, themselves and through their quislings continuously for the past 70 years. These deceitful methods of crisis management through Parliamentary Delegations and Track-II only prolong the sufferings of the people and can`t take the place of a genuine transparent agenda-based dialogue to address the core issue of the peoples` right to self-determination in Jammu and Kashmir. That has been our consistent stand and has been spelled out recently as well in our letters to various international and global fora,” the statement.
“What hope to attach with a delegation which has neither spelled out its mandate for any engagement on a clear agenda. People know that it is the same parliament which has given unfettered powers to their occupying force to use violence to hold Jammu and Kashmir forcibly with India against all norms of civilized behaviour and international law resulting in death, destruction, collective punishments and humiliation,” the statement added.