Srinagar: Terming stone-pelting as a tool of resistance in the hands of deprived people, the Syed Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference said on Thursday that stone-pelting in Jammu and Kashmir has long been used as a means of resistance.
“It is ridiculous to blame Pakistan for instigating stone-pelting,” the Hurriyat (G) said in a statement. “Indian authorities are suffering from phobia. Instead of realising the ground realities, they unnecessarily implicate Pakistan. This is the outcome of the egoistic attitude of India.”
Accusing India of taking the people of J&K for a ride, Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar said that the people are right when they show their resentment and anger. “Kashmiri people resisted and pelted stones even against Mughal armies when Pakistan was still a dream and nowhere existing on the map.”
Referring to the Quit Kashmir movement against Dogra autocracy, the spokesman said that people expressed their resentment and resorted to stone-pelting against the tyrannical attitude of Dogra rulers.
“The stone as a tool of resentment remained even after Dogra regime was overthrown and when Indian forces occupied our state,” said Ayaz Akbar.
He said that stone-pelting was a characteristic tool for 22 years during the right to self-determination movement.
He said that authorities in Delhi were fully aware of the stone-pelting method adopted during the resistance movement in Jammu and Kashmir and their accusation against Pakistan depicts their frustration. “Their egoistic approach is a big hurdle and they are turning blind eyes to hard realities,” he said.
The Hurriyat (G) spokesman said that people are left with no other option as there is no space left for peaceful political activities. “People are massacred by showering bullets and pellets upon them. Fundamental rights are being trampled. Even mourning over dead bodies is barred,” said the spokesman.
“To every action there is an opposite reaction. The authorities are inflicting atrocities and thereby pushing people to the wall. Blaming Pakistan is ridiculous,” he said.