Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressed grief and sorrow over the death of another youth Aqeel Ahmed Bhat who succumbed to his injuries today after forces firing in Pulwama yesterday. Mirwaiz also expressed concern over the injury that left 17 year old Umar Fayaz loosing vision in both his eyes due to pellets fired on him.
Mirwaiz according to the statement issued here said that even a hospital was not spared where a nurse and young girl were shot at. “People of Kashmir are paying a huge price for standing up for their just cause and resolution of the dispute,” he said.
“It is a crucial phase in our struggle that we are going through as Govt. of India is using all methods and ploys to crush us and our political movement. People have to be vigilant and discerning against these ploys and safeguard the great sacrifices made by one and all,” he added.
Mirwaiz said that while the people of entire Valley are a target for the government, the people of south Kashmir are bearing the maximum brunt of ‘state repression’ while people of Old city are specifically subject to physical and mental torture by them to teach them a “lesson”.
He said yesterday evening police and forces without any reason beat up the people ruthlessly both inside their homes and on the roads not even sparing the women and children. “Later a lot of people especially youth were also arbitrarily arrested and put in jails,” he said.
Mirwaiz said such intimidating tactics won’t break the will of the people.
“Each day the Indian media carries out a trial against the leadership at the behest of the Govt, through falsehood and distortion of facts to vitiate the atmosphere in India against us vilifying us and justify our persecution through its investigative agencies,” he said.
Mirwaiz said one cannot argue or engage with lies especially when propaganda is used as a war weapon by a mighty adversary who controls all the resources to do so. He said the only counter that we have, is faith in our cause and the courage to face every challenge thrown our way.
Hurriyat (M) chief reiterated that Kashmir is an internationally acknowledged dispute and the political aspirations and will of the people as to be respected and engaged with by GOI to find a lasting solution. He said no amount of repression or propaganda can alter that reality.