Hostile environment forcing security personnel to commit suicide, says Mirwaiz   

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that 700 forces personnel have committed suicide in past six years due to mental stress and the hostile environment that they face here.

“Due to the prolonging of the dispute while our youth are being killed harassed and tortured. It is also having an adverse affect on the Indian forces stationed here,” Mirwaiz said while addressing Friday congregational prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid.

 “In past six years, 700 forces personnel have committed suicide due to mental stress and the hostile environment that they face here,” he said.

Jamia Masjid’s head cleric further said that the recent statements by RSS and Ministers in GOI make it clear that the New Delhi will continue with its ‘stubborn and unrealistic policy’ in dealing with the Kashmir dispute militarily.

“The recent statements from the leaders of Government of India that draconian AFSPA would continue to remain in place is a signal that Delhi wants to muzzle and crush the genuine Kashmir struggle with its military might,” he said.

Mirwaiz said that adopting such an approach and looking at Kashmir through a military prism is a big mistake that they are making as the history of peoples struggles for the realization of their political will can never be crushed through force and use of military might.

“The natural outcome of repression is rebellion and resistance and the more New Delhi decides to deal with the situation on ground through repression, the more people of Kashmir especially the youth will be forced to resist and rebel and sometimes unfortunately, violently. Repression triggers further anger among the common masses,” he said.

Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir and the resistance leadership have repeatedly been stating that Kashmir is a political and human issue which needs a political and humanistic approach in dealing with it both by Delhi and Islamabad and that the best way to resolve it is by implementing the UN resolutions on it.

“An alternative way is sustained and meaningful tripartite dialogue between India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir, who are basic party to the dispute,” he said.

He said the rigid policy of New Delhi is pushing Kashmir’s educated youth to the wall and forcing them to choose armed means as a form of resistance against the forcible control.

He said this indicates that the seven-decade long conflict is taking a toll not only on the psyche of the people of Kashmir who are suffering from various psychiatric disorders as a consequence of the conflict but also on their own forces personnel working under tremendous stress.

“The status quo cannot be continued and GOI has to take steps for resolution he said. Cooperation in resolution rather than confrontation is the way out for one and all,” Mirwaiz added.

He said that the announcements that plastic bullets will now be added to the lethal arsenal of forces who already use bullets  pellets, tear gas shells pepper gas and chilly grenades, will only increase the anger and hostility among Kashmiris.

“It is another indicator of how New Delhi views the problem and how it sees the people of Kashmir,” he said.

On the occasion, Mirwaiz felicitated Pakistan on ‘Pakistan Day’, stating that Pakistan has been actively supporting Muslims across the globe in their genuine demands and has always been a great supporter to Kashmiris, on moral and diplomatic front.

Mirwaiz prayed for Pakistan’s stability and hoped that the country would touch new heights in progress and development.

He also hoped that Pakistan would intensify its efforts as a stakeholder to ensure vexed issue of Kashmir is resolved as per the wishes of people.

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