SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Friday said the trend of educated youth picking guns in Kashmir was due to India’s “oppressive” policies and continuous human rights violations by its forces.
According to a statement issued here, Mirwaiz while addressing people at Jamia Masjid said India doesn’t learn lessons from the 1990s and its continued “oppressive and suppressive” tactics, saying all ways and means were being closed for today’s youth who are pushed to the wall.
“The oppressive tactics had in past pushed the educated youth towards gun which resulted in the armed resistance movement of 1990s. The excessive use of force always proved counter-productive,” he said.
Paying tributes to three youth, Ishaq Ahmad Parray, Asif Ahmad Mir, and Ashiq Hussain Bhat, who were slain in Tral gunfight, Mirwaiz said, “All of them were intelligent and extraordinary in studies. People fighting for freedom cannot be made to give up their demand by suppression, violence and military force.”
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said India is acting upon a policy of pushing Kashmiri youth towards gun and then killing them. “And this is aimed at wiping out our young generation.”
Mirwaiz also welcomed the statement of US Secretary of State for External Affairs, John Kerry, in which he had said that New Delhi and Islamabad had no option but to resolve Kashmir issue.
“Kashmir attracting so much international attention and focus is a proof that our resistance movement is being acknowledged internationally,” he said.