SRINAGAR: Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has ridiculed the statement of India’s home minister Rajnath Singh in which he said that ‘New-Delhi would not go against the sentiments of people of Jammu & Kashmir on Article 35-A’ and termed it “an attempt to hoodwink international community”.
“The statement of Indian Home Minister is entirely sham, fraud and deceit and an attempt to hoodwink international community from the ground realities of Kashmir,” Jama’at said in a statement. “Those who raised concerns over the conspiratorial designs hatched by New-Delhi regarding Article 35-A have been virtually harassed, intimidated and jailed in police lock-ups in order to put a stop on the voices who create obstacles in furthering the agenda of New-Delhi.”
Jama’at said had New-Delhi respected the sentiment of people of Jammu and Kashmir in 1947, the situation would have been entirely different. “Neither the blood of innocents would have been floated nor hundreds of graveyards would have been established,” it said.
Jama’at also condemned the continuous arrest of its spokesperson and termed it a “blatant violation of human rights”.
“Police today produced Advocate Zahid Ali (spokesperson) and Farooq Ahmad Sheikh (Amir Tehsil Kulgam) in the court of District Judge Kulgam wherein court sent the duo into judicial custody till 21 September, 2017. Both leaders have been detained by Kulgam police on August 4 and later on sent them to District Jail Mattan, Anantnag,” it said.
‘The detainees are facing extreme persecution both by police and civil administration. (On) one hand, judiciary is playing a prejudicial role in prolonging the cases by giving unnecessary time to public prosecutors in filling counter arguments during the course of trial and, on other hand, if fortunately lodged people get a sigh of relief from courts, police tramples the court orders under their feet and thus subjugate and harass Kashmiris on political vengeance,” Jama’at alleged.
Jama’at appealed the international community including human rights groups to take strong note of the “volatile” situation being faced by hapless, innocent and unarmed Kashmiris at the hands of government forces and appeals them to come fore for the resolution of Kashmir dispute as per the wishes and aspirations of concerned people without any further delay.