Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Mohammad Yasin Malik said on Saturday that leaders did not feel accountable to the public because the people in general were “morally ambivalent”.
Speaking at a seminar organised by Kashmir High Court Bar Association here, Malik also lashed out at the Kashmir civil society members, who he said say “we will advise you as well as Mufti.”
“Every present day sovereign state had to fight for freedom and all of them had heroes with Gandhi for Indians, Mohammad Ali Jinnah for Pakistanis and Omar Mukhtar for Libya. But we have a few examples like them. There was no room for treachery for them but Gadari (treachery) is normal, non-stop here,” he said.
“Out character is such that we are cheerleaders for all and this is the reason why leaders feel there is no accountability even if commit treachery. There was no such thing in nations which attained sovereignty and they knew there is no place for treachery because the leaders there had to stay in their societies or else face stigma,” he said.
Referring to 1975 accord between Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah and Indira Gandhi, he said, “There was such a welcome then that there was no space from Lal chowk to Dalgate. Every inch was occupied by people and then we were told that people endorsed the accord.”
Malik said that “Kashmiris are actually a tribal society”, a fact which is “evident in their every action”.
“First there was ‘chek-koul’ fighting which then became sher-bakre fight. And there is another tribe, Shias. All three would sit with an Indian but not with each other. After 1947, there was pro-Indian National Conference and then a pro-Pakistan faction. In elections, a party which shouted pro-Pakistan slogans voted for Janta Party,” he said.
“Look at our intellectuals…they are working under different names. They say we will advice you as well as Mufti (referring to PDP chief). We will tell Mufti how to run affairs of Bijli, Paani and Sadak and advice you how to carry forward freedom struggle. Such is their character,” he said.
Malik also questioned the pro-freedom leaders “who discuss BJP-PDP government formation” openly.
“In our ranks there are people who now say whether Mehbooba Mufti should form government with BJP or not. Congress ruled India for 45 years continuously. Whether there was a Janta (Dal) government or a BJP government was any of them kind to us? No,” he said.
Who has given them the right to discuss Indian politics when they openly say we have nothing to do with mainstream politics? During elections they said BJP and RSS have to be kept at bay which actually prepared ground for high voter turnout. Isn’t that a fact?” he said.
He said while leaders were kept in jail or placed under house arrest, “our imams also came out openly” asking people to vote so that BJP and RSS are kept at bay.
“In the Bar too, you will see there are only a few who discuss freedom struggle while others discuss mainstream politics only,”
“Is there an element of fatigue and whether we will be able to protect our sacrifices? Nobody knows when we will succeed but these questions are before us. Every present day sovereign state had to fight for freedom and none of them attained it in 20 or 25 years. Even India had to struggle for over 200 years. So we have to remain steadfast.”
Paying tributes to Jaleel Andrabi, he described him as a “romantic revolutionary” who sacrificed his life for the cause of freedom.
“He was a romantic revolutionary because he was an upright personality. The day Ikhwanis came to his house, we advised him to go to Delhi. In between there was an attack on me by renegades at Islamabad and Jaleel told me that he can’t remain in Delhi. He said ‘it is cowardice’ and returned home,” he said.
Renowned lawyer and human rights activist Jaleel Andrabi was murdered by army in 1996. One of the suspects behind his murder, Major Avtar Singh, committed suicide in California, the US, in 2012.
“He went to America, Britain and at a seminar organized by united Nations at Geneva, he advocated the cause of Kashmiris regarding human rights violations. He became a thorn in the eyes of Indian agencies,” Malik said.
Malik also paid tributes Dr. Abdullah Guroo who was killed in early 1990s. “Wajahat Habibullah has admitted in his book that Dr. Guroo was killed by state authorities.”
Malik also paid tributes to Dr. Turabi, who was father of three unmarried daughters and left his job of Deputy Director to become district administrator of Hizbul-Mujahideen.