SRINAGAR: Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Friday strongly condemned the statements of Ram Madhav, BJP National General Secretary, and Chander Prakash Gupta, J&K Industries Minister, over their recent statements.
While Madhav stated that the idea of using a Kashmiri man as a human shield by army officer was a right thing as “everything was fair in love and war”, Gupta allegedly called for using of bullets on stone throwing protestors.
Terming the statements “obnoxious and shameful”, the lawyers’ body said that Madhav’s statement was the “admission that government of India is at war with the people of Kashmir and that politicians should not speak about it and leave it to the army and other paramilitary troops”.
“It fully exposes the Indian policy of systematic genocide of people of Kashmir. The army and paramilitary forces would get further encouraged by that statement of Ram Madhav and treat it as a further license to kill the innocent Kashmiri people irrespective of the fact as to whether they are combats or non-combats,” the KHCBA said, adding that Kashmiris have been fighting for their right of self-determination from 1947 and despite millions of them having been “brutally killed or maimed and more than ten thousand of them having been killed in custody and buried in mass graves all over Kashmir and further thousands having been blinded with dreaded pellets, the Kashmiris have not and will not give up their struggle.”
“They are ready to give any kind of sacrifice for achieving the goal. If the Government of India thinks that by using its military might and all methods of suppression and repression, it will succeed to silence the people forever, it is living in a fool’s paradise, because the people of Kashmir are determined to take their struggle to its logical end at all costs.”
The lawyers’ body said it feels that it is better for India to listen to the people of Kashmir and honour its pledges and promises made to them, both inside and outside the Parliament and settle the issue of Kashmir in accordance with their wishes, “which is the only civilised, democratic and respectable way of dealing with the Kashmir problem”.