SRINAGAR: Srinagar: Chairman, Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday said that the ongoing student protests were reaction to the lack of space to student activism in schools and colleges in Kashmir.
“Students can’t be aloof to the Kashmir situation, they are part of it and lack of space for student activism in schools and colleges was compelling them to take to streets to express their aspirations and emotions,” Mirwaiz said, while addressing a seminar “constructive society and the role of students “at Islamia Higher Secondary School, Rajouri Kadal in downtown Srinagar.
Mirwaiz alleged authorities for forcing students to take to streets to pick up stones in the Valley.
“The ban on political and student activism has left students with no space to raise their issues. The government should allow student activism so that youth can express their emotions and aspiration in a better way,” he said.
“Students are as important part of this society as others including businessmen, lawyers and political leaders. The student activism should be allowed in all colleges and universities. Otherwise denial of such space will lead to more anger among the fraternity and their protests will not stop,” he said.
The seminar was held in connection with the anniversary week being observed to pay homage to late Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq and Khawaja Abdul Ghani Lone.
Castigating at the authorities for targeting students with “harsh tactics”, Mirwaiz said, “State authorities and Police has taken a direct confrontational approach against them and treat them like an enemy by the state.”
The seminar was organized by Anjuman-e-Nusratul Islam where, Mirwaiz said students have direct role in building a constructive society in Kashmir while emphasizing on religious scholars, parents, and teachers to help in guiding Kashmir’s future generation towards building a strong and vibrant society based on moral and religious values and ethics.
Recalling the great services rendered by Mirwaiz Farooq in the field of education in the valley through Anjuman e Nusratul Islam, APHC chairman said that the dedication and affection of the former president towards the growth and betterment of Islamia Higher Secondary school and its various branches is remembered by one and all and is a path for me to emulate.
He said that while the situation in Kashmir is volatile with political social and religious curbs and bans put in place to crush the people’s movement now even on the educational front students are being made soft targets by the state which is highly condemnable.
“Students associations should be allowed to revive in schools, colleges and Universities across Kashmir and student activism and freedom of expression be restored and students be allowed to put forth their point of view and aspirations,” he said.