SRINAGAR: Reacting to the recent statement of senior Congress leader and former home minister of India P. Chidambaram on Kashmir, Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday said the Government of India (GoI) is yet to accept that Kashmir was a disputed territory and not a law and order problem.
The Congress leader had slamming Modi government’s Kashmir policy and said that “wisdom lay in actively working towards a political solution to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir”.
Hurriyat in a statement said Congress is responsible for the lingering and delaying of Kashmir issue and that its leaders had pledged at national and international level to resolve issue and provide an opportunity to people to decide their political destiny.
Hurriyat said the people of J&K presented “unparalleled sacrifices” for the resolution of Kashmir issue. It said Congress during its 60 years of rule “resorted to every brute and ruthless force to curb and suppress voices in Jammu and Kashmir”.
“Now, they openly recommend the BJP leadership that power and oppression will not solve the issue of Kashmir,” it said. “It is our stand that Kashmir is a political problem and only political measures can resolve this long-pending issue.”
Commenting over BJP’s advice of dealing with the pro-freedom people of the state with “iron hand”, Hurriyat said no “atrocity and cruelty” has been left which India had not experienced on the people of Jammu Kashmir for the last 71 years. “But all these cruel and barbaric tactics failed in changing the status of Kashmir dispute. (Kashmiris) were against the forced occupation in the past and they openly challenge it today,” the amalgam said.
Hurriyat added, “New Delhi used its entire military power in Kashmir and sometimes tried to buy Kashmiris with different benefits and perks but the result is ‘big zero’. After about seven decades now, only few people like Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah sold themselves against these salaries and perks and there are no takers of India in Kashmir except these few people. Contrary to it, the freedom sentiment of Kashmiri youth is more strong and firm and they won’t compromise.”
Hurriyat said if RSS and other “fanatic” people and parties continue to pursue their rigid policies in future, they will get nothing. “Every passing day will prove tougher and harsher for them and they will not succeed in suppressing the freedom sentiments of Kashmiri people,” it said.
Hurriyat advised the policy makers in New Delhi not to insist on “failed policies” on Kashmir and “open eyes and accept the Himalayan reality”. This, Hurriyat said, will benefit the people of India the most.
“It is better for RSS and BJP that they think with cool mind over it and respect the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people and give them a chance to decide their future,” Hurriyat said.