Srinagar: In a reference to the BJP-led government in New Delhi, a leader of the joint resistance camp, Mohammad Yasin Malik, on Wednesday ruled out dialogue with people having a “fascist ideology”. He charged New Delhi with having adopted a rigid approach on Kashmir, saying the government knew only killing and stifling dissent.
Malik was addressing a Hurriyat Conference-organisedseminar, “Resolution of Dispute – Prelude to Peace, Guarantee to Stability”, ahead of the observance of the joint death anniversaries of Mirwaiz Maulana Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone on May 21.
“There can be no dialogue with the fascists (RSS and BJP) as they know one language, which is to muzzle the dissent and killing people,” Malik told the gathering.
According to him, collective resistance is the answer to the government of India’s rigid approach, and he asserted that the right to self-determination is all the pro-freedom camp is fighting to seek.
“Goons are being hired to break the will and create fear among the people. Killings and suppression won’t stop us from carrying forward our freedom struggle,” he said.
Malik urged the pro-freedom groups to shun labelling and join hands to resist attempts to break the movement.
However, chairman Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz UmarFarooq and his close aide, advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, were prevented from attending the seminar. Both had been placed under house detention at their residences.
In Mirwaiz’s absence, senior Hurriyat leader Prof Abdul GaniBhat presided over the seminar and said India had realised it could not break the will of the Kashmiris.
“We want to tell India the situation is changing. Kashmir is attached with the future of South Asia. It is vital to resolve the Kashmir dispute,” said the former Hurriyat chairman.
Bhat said the Kashmir dispute is the mother of all disputes between India and Pakistan, and both the countries cannot afford to go for war.
Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Mehrajudin Kalwal, who represented his faction as party chairman Syed Ali Geelani is under house arrest, said that self-determination is the only demand of the people of Kashmir. He said the people of Kashmir don’t want the devastation of India but want the resolution of the Kashmir issue.
“We don’t feel happy when an Army man gets killed here. But India and its reluctance are responsible for the bloodshed in Kashmir,” he added.