Srinagar: Reacting to the chief minister’s blaming of pro-freedom leaders for disturbing peace and economy in the state, the Hurriyat (G) in a statement issued on Sunday called Mehbooba Mufti a salaried employee of the RSS.
Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that to appease her masters who sit at Nagpur, Mufti is considering it her day job to oppose and criticise pro-freedom leaders in her every speech. The Syed Geelani-led Hurriyat (G) said that the resistance of pro-freedom people will continue in every possible way till India vacates the soil of Jammu & Kashmir and this sacred struggle cannot be suspended to save the chair of Mehbooba Mufti.
Commenting on Mufti’s statement that the state’s economy was in a shambles because of frequent hartals and shutdowns called by the pro-freedom camp, Akbar said that the shutdowns over which Mehbooba Mufti was fuming were only a mild form of resistance against foreign rule. Akbar said that Kashmiris could use stronger and more forceful options to press for their demand of freedom if they chose to.
On Saturday, Mehbooba had said in the Legislative Council on its last day of the budget session, “Every day there is a hartal call on any issue. But when no civilian is killed (by government forces) in retaliation (for protests or clashes), with God’s mercy, people start giving hartals on Sainik Colony, then they remember Pandit colony. They dig up issues from the past which hits our economy.”
She had also equated the plans of miscreants who wanted to whip up “communal tensions in Jammu” with the militancy in the Valley.
The Hurriyat (G) spokesman said that even if there had not been Pandit and Sainik colony issues, pro-freedom people would not have remained silent nor would they have thought of any compromise on the forced occupation. He said that Mufti should not consider everybody as Mir Jaffar and Mir Sadiq like her father did.
Akbar said that the reason behind the economic crisis in Jammu & Kashmir was not pro-freedom people or shutdowns but the illegal and forced occupation of India which was looting and plundering the natural resources of this land with both hands. It was the main and only cause for the instable economic condition of Kashmir, the Hurriyat (G) spokesman said.
He said that if just the power projects in Kashmir which are under the illegal control of India are returned to the state, the region would see a boom in economy. India should fulfill its international commitments and should call back its forces from Kashmir to give people a chance to prosper in this region, Akbar said in his press statement.