‘War-like’ strategy chalked out to tackle protests, says Hurriyat
Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference-led by Syed Ali Geelani on Wednesday warned that the government was in the process of “recognising Ikhwan-type renegade (groups)”, besides using greater force against civilians in Kashmir.
Quoting reliable sources, the Hurriyat (G) said that the authorities had chalked out a “war-like strategy” for tackling protests in Kashmir. The pro-freedom group said that in Nagisharen in Shopian, a new military camp was being set up after 10 years. “Such new camps are being set up in every nook and corner, and renegades are being engaged to join Ikhwan folds,” the Hurriyat said.
In a statement issued here, the Hurriyat pointed out that while the pellet gun had been declared a lethal weapon world-wide, the authorities here were adding rubber bullets and smoke shells to their armoury. “More rubber bullets and PAVA shells were sent for the use of government forces,” the statement said, adding that supplying more arms and ammunition can never help the authorities to subdue the freedom sentiment. “We will never succumb to pressure.”
Terming the Kashmir dispute a “human and political issue”, the Hurriyat said that it cannot be resolved through coercive measures. The conglomerate said that the Delhi authorities “are pursuing power politics and utilising all their muscle, might and mettle to muzzle our voices”.
The Hurriyat counselled the authorities that they were pursuing “a pointless destination”. “All these tactics will prove just momentary,” the Hurriyat said in the statement. “Military might won’t solve this long pending issue.”
The Hurriyat, while referring to Ikhwan culture and the Indira-Abdullah accord, said that all these “cosmetic approaches” had proved to be “inoperable steps”. “Nothing could be expected by resorting to power and arrogant politics,” the statement said.
The statement further said that the uprisings in 2008, 2010 and 2016 had proved that all cosmetic approaches and devilish tactics, like the Ikhwan culture of the 1990s, had fallen futile.