SRINAGAR: Javed Ahmad Mir, whose name figures prominently among those select few who started the armed rebellion against India in the 90s, said on Monday that Indian intelligentsia’s interventions were always aimed at “weakening the resistance”.
He said that Indian journalists and human rights activists used to visit the imprisoned JKLF resistance leadership during the 1990s and persuade them to give up arms and adopt peaceful means to achieve their goal of independence.
“They only exploited our innocence…in retrospect it is clear that these people were only interested in furthering their personal and national interest…they only wanted to buy time for their nation,” Mir told Kashmir Reader.
He said a delegation of the UPA government appointed Ranganath Misra Commission—constituted to study the state of minorities—met him thrice in a Jammu jail.
“But the motive of their visits was only to persuade us to fight elections. They were never took any step to resolve Kashmir dispute,” said Mir, who now heads a faction of JKLF after a split in the organisation.
Symposiums, seminars and insistence on peaceful demonstrations are some of the tactics which they used to betray the people of Kashmir, Mir said.
Mir’s reaction has been triggered by the utterances of a few journalists and academics at a “media summit” organised by an NGO run by a tainted former PDP leader on Saturday and Sunday.
Veteran Indian journalist Kuldip Nayar said at the “summit” that he cannot be held responsible for the death of about 600 JKLF men who were killed after giving up arms following calls for moderation by people like him.
“Kuldip Nayar also told us that we should give up arms and resolve the Kashmir dispute on the table, but the result is before us,” Mir said.
“The 600 JKLF militants were killed after they (people like Nayar) reneged on their promises,” Mir said.
Mir also did not spare international figures, including former US secretary of state Robin Raphel, British parliamentarians and European Parliament members, whom he blamed for half-hearted attempts on Kashmir resolution.