SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said as long as New Delhi pursues a “hard-line military solution” to Kashmir dispute and provides its armed forces immunity from accountability and prosecution through draconian laws like AFSPA, the bloodshed of Kashmiris will continue unabated.
He said if the “collaborators” do not stop the “genocide” of Kashmiris at the hands of forces and keep pushing people to the wall, people will have no option but to hit the streets like in 2008 and 2016.
Mirwaiz while addressing mediaperson outside his residence after defying house arrest said under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA), which gives unbridled powers to forces, “the entire valley has been witnessing repeated mayhem and massacres in which people including teenaged children and women become targets”.
He said as long as there is not a shift in New Delhi’s approach in dealing with Kashmir issue, these black laws like AFSPA, PSA, and Disturbed Areas Act will continue to be there and will keep extracting a huge cost of life and limb from Kashmiris, “as we are witnessing each day”.
He said the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti and her ilk should “at least stop lying to people through their glib talk of so-called inquiries, commissions, courts, justice, logical conclusions and so on, as there is no hope of any such thing for Kashmiris, in the system they represent”.
“Instead, the so-called head of the state Mehbooba Mufti should make a speech in the assembly and the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the parliament that Kashmiris should not expect any sort of justice from the legal system in place and that for them, doors of justice stand closed,” Hurriyat leader said.
“In such a grave situation, the people of Kashmir can only pin their hopes on world human rights bodies and organisations to highlight our plight and help us get justice,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz also strongly criticised the state government for shifting prisoners including Dr Muhammad Qasim Faktoo and Dr Muhammad Shafi Shariati besides dozens of others from Central Jail Srinagar to various prisons in Jammu stating that the ruling dispensation has no respect for the ruling of its own High Court and that the move to shift prisoners is purely a revenge upon them.
He also expressed serious concern over the plight of dozens of resistance leaders and Kashmiri prisoners booked by NIA under “fictitious” charges.