Says ‘advocates of the battle of ideas are giving killing touch to people’
Srinagar: Calling the pro-India politicians ‘chameleons’, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said these leaders pose as pro-people when out of power and turn anti-people soon after regaining power.
He said the resistance movement in Jammu and Kashmir does not belong to any political leader or party but to the common people who would not allow it to be crushed.
Talking to reporters at Hurriyat’s Rajbagh headquarters after chairing the amalgam’s executive council meet, Mirwaiz criticized the state government’s curbs on the pro-freedom leadership’s political and religious activities by detaining them and placing them under house arrest.
“This is the worst form of state-sponsored terrorism,” Mirwaiz said adding such curbs would not suppress the struggle for legitimate rights of the people of Jammu Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said pro-freedom people including youth were being forced to mark their attendance at police stations where their pictures are pasted on walls alongside the pictures of criminals.
He said under a well-planned conspiracy, different means were being adopted to demoralize the resistance leadership and the freedom-loving people especially the youth of Jammu Kashmir.
He said that from the Jamia Masjid’s pulpit, the wishes and aspirations of people are being voiced for centuries but “with its nefarious designs, the government is targeting and trying to harm the historic value and centrality of the Jamia Masjid.”
He said by deliberately keeping a massive presence of police and other government forces every Friday, people were being harassed so that they do not come to offer prayers at the Masjid.
“If the government thinks they would be successful in sidelining Jamia Masjid, they are wrong in their assessment,” he said.
Taking a dig at ruling People’s Democratic Party, Mirwaiz said people who had been talking about right to ‘freedom of expression, providing an environment for the battle of ideas, and giving a healing touch’ was dealing with the people with a killing touch.
Stressing that dealing people with violence, bloodshed and extremist actions would not break their resolve for carrying forward their struggle for just rights, Mirwaiz said that has literally been converted into a Police State.
The APHC Chairman said by placing him, the veteran resistance leader, Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik or other resistance leaders under house arrest and stopping them from carrying their activities, the struggle based on just rights cannot be suppressed and the sentiments of the resistance leadership and freedom-loving people of Kashmir cannot be changed with these pressure tactics.