SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Saturday said the “paranoia and panic” that has gripped the state on the anniversary of Burhan Wani is an acknowledgement that “even his memory that lives in each Kashmiris’ heart, as a symbol of resistance and courage, is a threat to the mighty Indian state despite its huge military control”.
In a statement, the leadership comprising of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, and Muhammad Yasin Malik said that curfews and restrictions, arbitrary arrests, harassment of people, blanket ban on communication channels and networks, suspension of rail links, closing of highways, and deployment of additional forces across valley “to prevent people from paying homage to the martyr and his associates completely exposes the fear of the oppressor”.
“It also shows that however mighty and resourceful a state may be, it can only suppress people struggling for freedom and justice physically but can never crush their spirit and aspirations.”
The leadership said while homage is being paid to Burhan and his associates, “we also remember the great sacrifices of 125 civilians murdered in cold blood by forces last year”.
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik said people are being collectively punished by a mighty regime that has declared Kashmir a “war zone “.
“People’s commitment has stood the test of time. If people could not get dissuaded from it in the past seventy years and the fourth generation of Kashmiris has got associated with it more forcefully and emotionally, why will repression work now?”
“Those in power in New Delhi may, in their arrogance, consider themselves invincible but they need to remember that every pride hath a fall and truth and justice finally prevail,” the leaders said.
They said the way to peace is not through might but by doing what is right and that is to stop “repression” and give people the right to decide their destiny through the democratic right of self determination.
The leadership thanked the people of Chenab Valley including Bhaderwah, Kishtwar, and Banihal for observing strike on Burhan Wani’s anniversary and showing solidarity with Kashmiris in “our joint struggle against occupation”.