SRINAGAR: The statement of chief minister Mehbooba Mufti that Jammu and Kashmir is the “crown” of India evoked strong resentment among the pro-freedom leadership who termed it “unrealistic and ridiculous”.
While Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik said J&K is “an occupied territory which belongs to only Kashmiris”, Hurriyat Conference (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar said the state was independent till October 1947 when India “without any moral or constitutional right forcibly occupied it”.
Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party (DFP) Shabir Ahmad Shah also rejected Mehbooba’s statement sand said not a single head is safe in the region which is coined as “crown” of India. “Such statements are issued to mislead the world opinion,” he said.
In a statement, Malik said Kashmir is not crown of any nation but a “disputed territory” whose people were promised by Indian leaders and international community of the right to self -determination and who are striving for the same (right) for several decades.
“The so-called chief minister is talking of democracy, freedom, human rights, and many other things but seems to forget about the blanket ban she and her government imposed on media, internet, social media, peaceful political activities, student protests and other basic human rights in Kashmir,” Malik said.
“The height of brazenness is such that authorities who have trampled every decency and ethics are talking of the same that too without any shame,” he added.
JKLF chief also condemned the statement of police that student protests are sponsored and paid. He termed the “attack” on students especially girls in Lal Chowk, Pulwama, and other places and arresting several among them as “state-sponsored terrorism of worst kind”.
Hurriyat (G) spokesperson Ayaz Akbar while condemning chief minister’s remarks said, “No doubt, it (Jammu Kashmir) is a crown and belongs to people of J&K, but it is not a personal property of any pro-Indian leader. For political gains and to appease Delhi, all pro-Indian politicians are bound to play this tune.”
He said “Mehbooba at many times speaks harsher than Rajnath Singh as she lacks political maturity and never talks sense and her childish statements always add salt to the injuries”.
The Hurriyat (G) spokesperson said Kashmiris have presented immense sacrifices for the “sacred cause” and people in J&K “will pursue their mission for freedom as they neither accepted the forced occupation nor will ever compromise”.
He said there are no takers for the Indra Abdullah accord as it has “proved irrelevant, outdated and has been buried since long”.
Akbar said despite all its coercive measures, “India could not break our resolve or made us to surrender”.
Terming Mufti’s statement as “rhetoric”, DFP chairman Shabir Shah said, “The ‘crown’ is witnessing continuous bloodshed by the hands of occupational forces where people’s eyesight is snatched, women’s chastity violated, and leaders put behind bars for years. This ‘crown’ is a slave and we’re struggling to restore its glory.”
“If Kashmir is a ‘crown’ of India then why is its media spewing venom against it and channels banned in this region. Why are forces given a free hand to deal with people of this ‘crown’, every kind of freedom choked, and youth arrested and subjected to third degree torture,” Shah said.