Srinagar: The joint resistance leadership on Thursday warned of consequences if the state authorities continued to suppress the legitimate political aspirations of the people. In a joint statement, pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik said that true heirs of the martyrs of 1931 were arrested or detained by the state authorities and disallowed to go to the martyr’s graveyard to pay homage. “This attitude of the government has no constitutional or moral justification and it is also not a wise step if the consequences are kept in mind,” the statement said.
The statement said that the resistance leaders attempted to march towards the martyr’s graveyard according to the already announced programme. However, the state authorities used force to stop them. Syed Ali Geelani, however, came out of his residence at Hyderpora even as the lane leading to his house was blocked with barbed wire. However, Geelani briefly addressed a few media persons and later released the video. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was whisked away by the police shortly after coming out from his residence and later detained at Nigeen police station.
The leadership lambasted the PDP, National Conference and other pro-India parties who arrive at the martyr’s graveyard under the cover of Indian army and police to fulfill a formality of paying obeisance. “This is an exhibition of deceitful politics and has no moral justification,” the leaders said adding these parties have reneged with the martyr’s mission in 1938 and abandoned their path. “To convert Muslim Conference into National Conference was the first step to sabotage the mission of 1931 martyrs,” they said.
“The pro-India parties continue to be on the mission of subverting Islam and sacrifice the national interests for their power and chair,” the leaders said.
“Pro-Indian leaders’ first and last goal is to gain power and they are ready to breach any line for achievement of this goal,” the leaders said adding the pro-India leaders have no right to arrive at martyr’s graveyard to perpetuate their politics. “The souls of martyrs must be getting hurt with the arrival of these pro-India leaders,” the statement said.
The leaders said the actual goal of the martyrs, for which they sacrificed their lives, is yet to be achieved. “Even after 86 years, the Kashmiris have not achieved their freedom. Their lives and property are not safe and secure. Our blood is spilled like water and right to freedom is suppressed with brute exhibition of force,” the leaders said.