SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Friday said the educated youth of India understands that Kashmiris are being “victimised” by their government and its policies.
He made the remarks while addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here.
Mirwaiz said Kashmir issue is a “stark reality” and voices for its resolution would continue to get louder.
“It does not warrant that anybody raising such voice be declared as traitor or anti-national. It is unfortunate that talking about the resolution of Kashmir these days has become a taboo in India, and anybody taking up this issue is immediately being declared an anti-national. Anti-national cases are registered against those saying the death sentence of Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat was erroneous,” he said.
Mirwaiz said the anger and unrest in Kashmir was due to “suppressive” policies of the government of India.
“If atrocities, use of military might, or economic tactics could suppress the people’s voice, there would have been no demand for freedom in Kashmir today,” he said.
He said India’s defence budget “had exceeded beyond limits” due to the unresolved Kashmir issue.
“According to a United Nations report, 40 per cent children in India are malnourished,” he said.
He also condemned the arrest of Hurriyat (M) leaders.