‘Nobody bothered about Sadak Bijli & Pani; It is a question of our survival’
Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday said that the people of Kashmir should make “resistance” a part and parcel of their lives; and that the current phase of resistance is not only about Hartals and sit-ins, it is also about the fact that we have to make resistance a culture in Kashmir.
Responding to a question about the continuance of current protest program in the backdrop of civilian and militant killings in Shopian, Mirwaiz said that the joint Hurriyat is focusing on “making resistance a culture” in Kashmir.
“You can be on your shop, in your office, in your college or school, you have to depict your resistance against the injustices and killings in Kashmir.”
Urging the people to continue adhering to the Joint Resistance Leadership program, the Mirwaiz said that this is a “time of do or die”.
“They way they (government forces) are killing our next generation, we cannot be mute spectators to it.”
He said that the government forces under the garb of crackdown’s and military operations, are killing innocent young Kashmiri civilians, which is unacceptable.
“We have to take a call and now is the time to take a call,” Mirwaiz said.
Asking the people, all sections of society to come forward, he said that this is a collective responsibility. “The leadership is being barred. There is a crackdown on our activists. There is a blanket ban on seminars, sit-ins and rallies.”
Responding to another question about the government not allowing them to march towards civil secretariat, the Mirwaiz said that the government of India and their “local collaborators” are scared of them (Hurriyat).
Mirwaiz was talking to media persons outside his Nigeen residence where the personnel of Jammu and Kashmir police detained him after he, as per already announced program of JRL, tried to march towards civil secretariat in Srinagar.
He said that the government of India and their “local collaborators” have surpassed all the records of oppression on people of Kashmir.
“Justice is nowhere to be seen, the young generation is being hounded, targeted and killed,” the Mirwaiz said, adding that the Government of India and their “collaborators in Kashmir” have practically announce war on Kashmiris.
The Mirwaiz claimed that the local “puppets” of the government of India have virtually handed over the reigns of southern Kashmir to the Indian army.
Taking a dig at the PDP-BJP government and the local administration, the Mirwaiz said: “The Durbar that has come from Jammu today is a Durbar of murderers. Mehbooba and her claims that she is governing Jammu and Kashmir, but in reality she is only holding onto the chair; the chair that is powerless.”
Terming the killing of civilians and militants in Shopian a “shame of Mehbooba Mufti administration”, Mirwaiz said that is beyond words to express how “shameless it is to patronize the genocide of own people”. The conscience of the present lot of people who are administering Jammu and Kashmir is dead, he said.
Commenting on the present situation in Kashmir, he said that the suppressive measures of the PDP-led government has touched the new heights.
“Today what is happening in Kashmir is that scholars, academics and professors are taking to gun. It is only because of the anti-people and anti-Kashmir policies of the GoI and its local collaborators.”
Recalling the statement of CM Mehbooba’s brother that he feels that the government is partner in crime to what is happening in Kashmir, Mirwaiz said that they are “partners in genocide” of Kashmiri’s
He said the way situation is unfolding in Kashmir, the young generation, the future of Kashmir is being pushed to the wall.
“They are pushing the youth to the wall and not realizing where it will head the situation,” he said.
The Mirwaiz said that New Delhi is creating false discourse about the reality of the situation in Kashmir.
“Kashmir is a political problem related to the aspirations and will of the people of Kashmir. It is not about Sadak, Bijli and Pani and not the crap that govt is saying,” he said.
“Nobody is bothered about roads and incentives right now. It is the question of our survival,” he said.
He said that unleashing the various facets of “occupation” is not going to bring Kashmiris into submission. “One thing is clear. The Kashmir issue is not going to go away; we will continue with our efforts for Right to Self-Determination on all fronts,” he said.
Later a spokesman in a statement strongly condemned the government’s decision of not allowing the Mirwaiz Umar and other resistance leaders to proceed towards civil secretariat and detaining entire resistance leadership to foil the resistance camp’s call of secretariat Chalo terming it as “ultimate highhandedness”.