Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership on Sunday stepped in to put down the unease created by Zakir Musa’s statement and cautioned against the possible ‘advantage’ that the statement can give to the ‘enemy’.
“In nineties (1990s), the situation was more awful and complex. We paid a great lot in terms of precious lives. We were engaged in petty and non-serious matters and as such instead of following logic we were swayed by emotions,” a joint statement issued here by Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik said.
“Disunity and differences proved disastrous in the past, and enemy forces succeeded at various stages to sabotage our mission”.
The joint statement called upon all political and militant organization to follow “vision and wisdom”.
Musa had, on Friday, issued a threat to Hurriyat leaders for failing to lead an Islamic movement in Kashmir, prompting Hizb-ul-Mujahideen to distance itself from their commander’s statement. Musa, however, stood by his word and in turn distanced himself from the militant organisation.
Amid speculations about fallout of Musa’s statement, the joint resistance appealed for unity. “It is time to remain united and follow cherished goal with spirit of persistence,” the statement said. “We need to be careful as our enemy can derive advantage from prevailing crises”.
The leaders said that they stand by their earlier statement which said that Kashmir had no space for Al-Qaeda and ISIS. They said that the freedom struggle was facing a “shrewd enemy” in India, which “choked our voice”.
“On one hand, they are hatching conspiracies and on the other are employing all their repressive measures and military might to sabotage movement, however, all political and militant factions have decided to face all these and remain united,” said the statement. “We won’t allow them to create rifts among resistance camp or divide leadership and nation,” they said.
The leadership said that they had succeeded in writing off the dichotomy of hardliners and moderate, and “thus unified (the) nation on one point program of freedom from occupation”. They said that the “united approach” was a milestone that had frustrated India.
“Character of a nation is examined in (times of) catastrophe and the biggest power we got & carried forward from 2016 agitation was our unity and poll boycott in recent parliamentary elections. All these steps depicted the best precedence of our unity. Unity among our folds is supreme and we need to uphold this spirit and carry forward this passion. We ought to remain cautious and let us not harm our struggle and desist from all such steps which may help these forces to play folly with freedom movement,” the leaders said in the statement.
“Political and militant leadership are fully aware about all odds, we won’t succumb to any pressure, however history of unparalleled sacrifices has enabled us to stand against such grim situations,” they added.
Addressing youth the leadership said they need to learn much more from senior leadership and need to work together to achieve the mission.
“It is time to rethink and make out strategies and work them out unanimously that how to get freedom from the forcible clutches and occupation of India,” the trio said.