Refrain from army-sponsored tours: Aasiya tells youth

SRINAGAR: Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) chairperson Syeda Aasiya Andrabi on Tuesday termed it unfortunate that young girls and boys of Kashmir are taken on tours outside Jammu Kashmir by Indian Army. “This can’t be result of our sacrifices that our youth get close to this army which is responsible for occupation of Kashmir,” Andrabi, who was released after 9 months of detention, said. “By such things, it seems our people have forgotten the sacrifices laid by our valiant youth. Our youth have been blinded, how we can forget that. It is imperative for us not to become part of such schemes of India.”
The 56-year-old pro-freedom leader said, “People should not keep any contact with Indian army and JK Police too which is no less brutal. For a future of few moments, youth should not become part of such tactics and then take awards from police and army officers.”
Andrabi asked youth to “show same valour and resistance which they showed in 2016”. “It needs to be revived for the sake of our sacrifices and our future generations so that they live a life of respect and dignity,” she said.
Meanwhile, Aasiya hailed the declaration signed by the top parliamentarians of six countries including those from Russia, China, Turkey, Afghanistan, Iran and host Pakistan which stated that the Kashmir issue needs a peaceful resolution in accordance with the UN resolutions.
The declaration, as per media reports, states, “We agreed that for ensuring global and regional peace and stability, the issue of Jammu & Kashmir needs a peaceful resolution by Pakistan and India in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.”
“The declaration is a huge success for the people of Kashmir,” Aasiya said in a statement. “I want to tell my people that when worldly super powers have accepted that Kashmir solution lies in UNSC resolutions, now ground situation should be such that world powers are forced to implement these resolutions. The people of Kashmir have given huge sacrifices.”
The DeM chief also slammed the appointment of Dineshwar Sharma by the Government of India saying that pro-freedom people have no expectations from him or any such other “futile exercises”.
“It is only those who have materialistic interests that they meet Sharma but it is being highlighted in a way as if Kashmiris give any credence to him,” she said. “It is just deception by India that it is engaging people (of Jammu Kashmir) but the reality is that this process of Sharma has been rejected by people.”
Paying heartfelt tributes to slain JeM commander Noor Muhammad, Andrabi said he had understood the “meaning of life”. “Despite being handicapped and convicted by courts, Noor sahab played a vital role for the sacred cause,” she said and termed him as “beloved son of the soil”.