Kashmir’s armed struggle not a religious one, says Hurriyat (G)

Kashmir’s armed struggle not a religious one, says Hurriyat (G)

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (G) on Tuesday said that linking the armed struggle in Kashmir with religion was “intellectual bankruptcy” as “Kashmir dispute has a strong historical background”.
The conglomerate, as per a statement issued here, held a meeting that was presided over by its deputy general secretary Ghulam Nabi Sumji.
Addressing the meeting, Sumji said linking the spread of armed struggle in Kashmir with religious activities and Friday prayers was done to “cover up the ground realities”.
“The people who are linking the spread of armed struggle with the religious activities and the Friday congregational prayers are intellectually bankrupt (sic),” he said.
“Anywhere in the world where people are suppressed and their voices muzzled, these situations definitely arise. This is not confined to Muslims but whoever is oppressed reacts to the oppression. Those relating the political struggles with Islam have a dominated mindset and it is like turning the tables on.”
The meeting also accused the state of declaring an “unannounced ban” over the peaceful political activities of pro-freedom people “who are pushed to the wall”.
The meeting also discussed many issues and deliberated over the amalgam’s future course of action. It also condemned the continuous imprisonment of its ailing general secretary, Shabir Ahmad Shah, continuous house arrest of Nayeem Ahmad Khan and “illegal” detentions of Masarat Alam Bhat and its other leaders.
“Be it PDP, NC, Congress, or governor rule in J&K, they all follow the same policy against the pro-freedom people. This government policy is only adding to the political uncertainty and the situation is worsening with each passing day. This is the reason Kashmiri youths abandon universities and colleges and take the path of ‘brave-hearts’,” Sumji said, demanding immediate release of all the political prisoners.