SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said the Government of India with the support of local “quislings” has always undermined the establishment of a strong people’s leadership as they fear that such leadership which represents people’s aspirations and enjoys their full support, is a huge political challenge for them.
“The past 70 years of the political struggle bears testimony that while there have been those who badly betrayed the people’s trust and are equally responsible for our current misery; there have been great leaders like Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah, Chaudhary Ghulam Abbas, Sufi Mohammad Akbar, Amanulah Khan, Shaheed Maqbool Bhat, Shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq and others who despite being subjected to pain and hardships of exile and jails, allurements and appeasements by the adversary, never gave in or compromised their integrity and the people’s trust in them. (They) even sacrificed their lives for it,” Mirwaiz said while addressing the faithful at the historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar’s old city.
Mirwaiz said the current people’s leadership is equally committed, sincere and steadfast and “like the tremendous sacrifices being offered by the people especially youth, it is also facing hardships”.
Mirwaiz said since 1947, all governments ruling India know that the sincere and strong (Kashmiri) leadership is a threat to their control on Kashmir, so they have constantly undermined it.
“When repressive means of jailing, detaining, curbing and confining leadership fails devious tactics to discredit leadership and malign them is adopted. Viscous propaganda, lies and personal smear campaigns (are) launched on print, electronic or social media and facts are twisted and manipulated,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said the NIA investigation “drama” to intimidate and badmouth leadership and dishearten people and disappoint them from their just political movement and their leadership has proved to be a failure for the agencies.
“The lies and fabrications spread did not hold and the harassment caused to us and those close to us did not deter the leadership. Yet leaders and activists have been detained in Tihar jail in scorching heat and hostile conditions,” he said.