Srinagar: Almost all major pro-freedom organizations in Kashmir have called for a shutdown on Friday, July 4, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to visit the Valley to inaugurate the Uri hydro power project-II.
“We have no personal animosity with Narendra Modi, but he is arriving in Kashmir as the Prime Minister of that country which has forcibly enslaved us and whose army is indulging in death and destruction of Kashmiris,” Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said in statement.
“It is game plan of Modi to settle Kashmiri Pandits in three isolated cities in Kashmir on Israeli pattern,” Geelani said. “It can have dangerous consequences for J&K. It will be a ‘do or die’ situation for the Kashmiris and they will be left as strangers in their own homeland.”
Geelani while demanding return of all power projects to the state, said that India “not only snatches electricity from us but it also forcibly loots our other natural resources and Omar Abdullah, Mufti Sayeed, Saifuddin Soz and other pro-Indian politicians are not only maintaining silence over it but they are also acting as helping hands in this loot and plunder.”
Geelani said, “Modi should be aware that neither we are against the Indian integrity, nor we are in favour of separating any legal state from it. Kashmir is a different issue and India is occupying it only with the help of its military might”.
“People of this region are struggling against this forced occupation from last six decades and to silence the oppressed voice of Kashmiri people, India has deployed its 7.5 lakh army and one lakh paramilitary forces in this troubled state, who are unleashing every kind of atrocities over Kashmiris.”
While appealing for a complete shutdown against Modi’s visit to Kashmir on July 4, Geelani said, “We have been left with no other option to register our protest other than strikes, because whenever we hold any peaceful protest demonstration, we are showered with bullets and teargas shells, and through this shutdown we want to send a message to Modi that Kashmiris will react to the dangerous designs of India and will oppose every such move which will harm our sacred struggle for which we have sacrificed half a million lives so far.”
Hurriyat Conference (M) has also called for a shutdown against Modi’s Kashmir visit. “By observing shutdown, Kashmiris will reiterate the pledge that the sublime cause for which people have sacrificed their lives and property can’t be compromised with economical and financial grants,” a Hurriyat spokesman said in a statement.
“Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir might have trade on his agenda, it was also a blatant fact that Kashmir was not an economical or financial issue, but a human and political one.
“Future of more than one hundred crore people is associated with the resolution of Kashmir issue. The lasting peace, stability and economic prosperity in South Asia would only arrive once the Kashmir issue is solved according to the aspirations of Kashmiri people,” the spokesman said.
He said India might be considered as the biggest democracy on the planet, “but its democratic credentials become questionable when it comes to the present Kashmir situation. In reality, Kashmir has virtually become a police-run state and its inhabitants have been left on the mercy of government forces.”
“Even though Hurriyat refrains from calling for strike on Fridays, sometimes it becomes inevitable keeping in view the larger interest of the freedom struggle,” the spokesman added.
Meanwhile, appealing people to observe complete strike on July 4, JKLF chief Mohammad Yasin Malik said, “Indian Prime Minister represents the state of India and he is responsible for all tyrannical acts, oppressive behaviors and curbs on the freedom of Jammu Kashmir. Given this fact Kashmiris have been always protesting on the occasion of Indian Prime Ministers visit to Jammu Kashmir. Today, when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is visiting Jammu Kashmir on Friday, Kashmiris will repeat their tradition of resistance and observe a complete shutdown.”
Malik, who was released on Monday night from Central Jail Srinagar after his arrest on June 23, said, “(Modi) in capacity of Prime Minister of India represents all its inimical acts against Kashmiris. Modi also represents RSS and BJP which from the day first have been advocating repeal(ing) Muslim Personal Law, oppression against Kashmiris, finishing our peaceful freedom movement through military might and also repealing the Muslim character of Jammu Kashmir and special status of Jammu Kashmir.”
Malik said that “India and its Kashmiri puppets have choked all the means and ways of political and peaceful protest, and observing shutdowns is the only peaceful means of protest left with us.”
Meanwhile, Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir has also appealed people to observe a shutdown on July 4.
“Modi is coming here as a Prime Minister of that country which has usurped the right of self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and subjugated them,” a Hurriyat statement said.
“Those who will welcome Modi on his arrival are the paid agents of India and the worst enemies of the ongoing freedom movement,” it added.
Dukhtaran-e-Millat chairperson Asiya Andrabi has also urged people to observe “civil curfew” on July 4.
“As Prime Minister, Modi’s position is only that of a leader of the country which has forcibly kept people of Jammu and Kashmir as slaves. His position is similar to all other PMs of India who visited Kashmir since 1947, and as such people should observe civil curfew on July 4,” she said in a statement.