SRINAGAR: Chairmen of both factions of Hurriyat Conference and Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front on Tuesday strongly condemned the honouring of Indian army major Leetul Gogoi who had tied a Kashmiri youth to an army jeep and paraded him through various villages last month.
In a statement issued here, chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani while terming the move as “extremely distressing and a shameful act” said honouring such an officer “clearly vindicates our claim that this is state sponsored policy and if not stopped it will prove detrimental for human lives”.
“We are looking for (International Court of Justice) ICJ to intervene like (in the case) of Kulbushan Jadav,” said Geelani and termed the army officer’s act as “a severe crime against humanity”.
Seeking ICJ’s intervention, the Hurriyat (G) chairman said there is a “valid proof” for human shield incident for the world body to “deliver justice”.
“The international forums need to take cognisance and without any discrimination deliver justice to uphold the sanctity and dignity of human values,” Geelani said.
Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the decision to commend and honour the Indian army officer shows that Indian government as well as its institutions that operate here have “internalised the occupational mindset towards the people of Kashmir who they see and treat as their serfs”.
“Today such fascist mindset is increasingly on display in India especially (while) dealing with the people of Kashmir and minorities in the name of nationalism. And the jingoistic Indian media is fanning its flames,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that when arrogance of power and might corrupts the distinction between right and wrong, everything becomes “fair in war”.
“Such decisions also expose the much flaunted democratic credentials of Indian state globally and reassure us about the fairness of our struggle against an oppressor,” he said.
Chairman JKLF Muhammad Yasin Malik said no one should feel surprised over such impunity as “fascists and fascism only act this way”. “It is the belief of fascists and fascism that they can only rule masses through hatred, terror, and intimidations. This is why we find Indian army, forces and police killing Kashmiris with impunity; maiming and blinding people shamelessly and oppressing humans openly,” he said.
“Honouring an officer who committed a crime that is considered as most disgraceful in (the) civilised world has once again proved that Jammu Kashmir is a police state that is run according to whims and wishes of army, police and forces,” Malik said