SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership on Wednesday reacted to remarks made by chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and former CM Omar Abdullah. Mehbooba said on Tuesday that ‘pluralism was vanishing from Kashmir while it was vibrant in Jammu’, Omar had said ‘Hurriyat has no business to comment on Article 35A’.
Ridiculing CM for her “biased and partial” statement, the leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said Mehbooba “for the lust for power and privileges” is unable to feel the sufferings and pain the people of Kashmir are facing.
It also said Omar Abdullah should understand that the proposed abrogation of Article 35A is a “matter of serious concern for all Kashmiris”.
“Kashmir always illustrated religious tolerance and will continue to depict (the) same in future. People in Kashmir safeguarded the highest values of mutual brotherhood, accord and tranquility,” the leadership said.
It said Kashmiris didn’t believe in retribution even in horrendous situations when five lakh Muslims were “slaughtered by Hindu fanatical groups” in Jammu in 1947. “We maintained mutual harmony and not a single soul was killed or harassed. It is because of religious teachings, patience, social and human values that we follow and adhere to, that despite gloomy situations around, we maintained mutual harmony.”
The leadership said presently in some parts of Jammu, the minorities particularly Muslims are harassed and intimidated by fanatical forces. “They are threatened of situations like that of 1947 riots and these Hindu extremists are waving and brandishing their weapons and organising rallies to terrorise minorities in Jammu. Contrary to this, the people in Kashmir are following their age-old tradition of mutual understanding and communal harmony.”
Replying to National Conference working president Omar Abullah, the leadership said, “The outcome of abrogation of (Article) 35A will severely affect and dilute the case of right to self determination of the people of Kashmir for which (they) have been struggling and sacrificing for the past 70 years.”
The leadership said since its inception, the National Conference (NC) – of which Omar Abdullah is the working president – has been “constantly changing its goal post from autonomy to pre-1953 (position) to self-determination and so on”.
It said the party’s only aim is “how to get to the chair, and for that purpose it can go to any extent”. “It (NC) has excelled (in) the art of changing colours like chameleon (and) its history of (last) 70 years bears testimony (to the fact).”
Geelani, Mirwaiz, and Malik said, “It was in 1938 which changed the course of Kashmir history when (the) late Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah converted the Muslim Conference into National Conference. The conversion was an act of treason with (the) blood of martyrs of 13th July 1931. Its purpose was to forge an alliance with the Indian National Congress in order to attain power.”
“It was a decision the repercussions of which (the) people of Kashmir are facing for the (last) 85 years especially our generation next who are being mercilessly and systematically wiped out.”
The leadership said it was Sheikh Abdullah who “being a people’s representative coerced the Maharaja (Hari Singh) to hand over Kashmir to India”. “He (Sheikh) himself mentioned in his biography ‘Aatish-e-Chinar that Gandhiji was not ready to send Indian army to Kashmir but he (Sheikh) convinced him to do so in order to safeguard the ‘secularism of India’. Moreover, when Pandit Nehru promised before the world community that a plebiscite will be held in J&K to decide its future and the world community pressurised India and Pakistan to do so through various resolutions on it, it was (Sheikh) Abdullah who in 1948 at UN Security Council opposed this demand.”
“When the UN nominated Sir Owen Dixon as a representative to assess the holding of right to self-determination, it was late Sheikh Abdullah who on 27th Oct 1950 decided to establish a constituent assembly to legitimise Kashmiris’ accession to India.”
The leadership reminded Omar Abdullah that “the Indira-Abdullah Accord of 1975 was another blow to the people’s resistance movement when late Sheikh Abdullah again let the nation down after decimating the Plebiscite Front and the efforts and sacrifices of those who stood by him when he was leading them in that direction”.
“Instead of sermonizing, Omar Abdullah and NC should fulfill their moral duty and responsibility to the people of Kashmir as pro-India parties, and get people of Kashmir out of the situation in which they are in because of them,” the leadership said.