Mehbooba has no mandate to represent people, says Hurriyat

Mehbooba has no mandate to represent people, says Hurriyat
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SRINAGAR: Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Saturday denounced the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti for her statement in the state legislative assembly and said the “negative” statements won’t alter the narrative (of Kashmir dispute) nor can be people misled by these “rhetoric”.
Reacting against chief minister’s statement that “making Kashmir part of India was the bold and historic decision of Sheikh Abdullah and (Maharaja) Hari Singh”, Hurriyat said Mehbooba Mufti is resorting to “blatant lies”.
“It is her lust for power,” Hurriyat said. “While refuting the hard realities about Kashmir issue, she is making wrong interpretations of the historical events. It is nothing but her deceit to remain in power corridors.”
Hurriyat said Mehbooba has no mandate to represent the aspirations of people nor is she authorised to decide or say about political destiny of Kashmir.
“The unauthorised and doubtful accession has proved profitable for Mufti dynasty and added to the miseries and hardships to common people in the state,” the amalgam said. “Since past seven decades, the state is reeling under continuous state of uncertainty and hundreds of thousands of people were killed during this period.”
Hurriyat said as soon as Indian forces landed into Jammu Kashmir, the state turned into a battlefield and is one of the most highly militarised zones.
“Since past seven decades, six lakh were killed and thousands injured, more than one lakh people were killed during past 27 years, ten thousand disappeared in forces’ custody and unknown youth are buried in seven thousand unmarked graves,” it said. “The persistent turmoil and bloodshed has added more than 7000 half-widows, 22862 widows and 107676 orphans. 143048 youth were tortured in torture centres, thousands maimed, 108596 houses and shops vandalised, and ten thousand women molested.”
“In the years 2008, 2010 and 2016, brute forces surpassed all records of torture and atrocities,” Hurriyat said. “During people’s uprising and post-Burhan episode (in 2016), 102 civilians were killed, 7340 maimed, 6000 injured due to pellets and partially damaging eyes of more than 1000. The eyesight of 64 people was completely damaged, 79,500 houses vandalised, 8000 vehicles damaged and more than 9000 youth arrested. 582 were arrested, 582 slapped with PSA and arrest warrants issued against 524 activists.”
Hurriyat said the situation despite tall claims of “these Delhi groomed henchmen” is “mournful and awful”. “Since 1989, in Sopore, Kupwara, Handwara, Tengpora, Hawal, Mashali Mohalla, Chattsinghpora, Wandhama, Bijbahara, and Barakpora, thousands of innocent people including infants and women were brutally massacred by ruthless forces and residential areas and shops razed to ground,” it said.
“All these mad killings suggest that no sane person can legitimise or plead this so-called accession with India,” the conglomerate said. “It is because of the deceit and opportunistic approach of these henchmen that people are miserably suffering.”
Hurriyat said Kashmir is a disputed territory and the case was taken to the UNO by India itself where 18 resolutions on the right to self-determination for the people of Jammu Kashmir were passed.
“India is signatory to this, however they failed to fulfil their commitment,” Hurriyat said and reiterated that they will pursue the “freedom mission” till its final resolution is accomplished as per the aspirations of people of Jammu Kashmir.

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