Mirwaiz reacts to all-party meeting

Mirwaiz reacts to all-party meeting
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‘Pro-India parties responsible for our misery’

SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said the all ‘pro-India’ parties meeting convened by the chief minister Mehbooba Mufti is “nothing more than a farce to mislead people into believing that they are serious or can do something to bring people out of the current oppressive state”.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said, “The fact remains that it is these very parties and people who are responsible for our misery and massacres and the extreme repressive situation that we are facing for the past seventy years in general and thirty years in particular.”
“Our suffering is an outcome of the draconian laws and legislation put in place here by New Delhi with the full cooperation and support of these pro-India parties. Over the years, these parties kept yielding our sovereignty and compromising on our status before New Delhi for the sake of chair. Today Kashmir is a colony of India with over seven lakh Indian troops stationed here ensuring forcible control through military might resulting in severe repression on people. And these parties who willingly preside over that repression for the sake of chair that has no power – as all power rests with New Delhi – want us to believe that their meetings will bring us relief!”
Mirwaiz said when all space for the expression of dissent is choked and gagged, as in Kashmir, youth feel forced to turn to violent means. “When these young boys are killed by the forces and police as in Shopian, their bosses condone and congratulate the forces. And when young civilians are killed, there is silence; not even an FIR is filed anywhere for killing of seven innocent youth which includes the one who was mowed to death by an armoured vehicle,” he said.
“Who is responsible and accountable for spilling of their blood,” Mirwaiz said. “If these parties are really serious and mean business, then all the black laws should be revoked forthwith and the forces personnel responsible for the massacre of innocent youth should be brought to justice.”
Hurriyat (M) chairman said the situation in Kashmir is so fragile and worrisome that in just two months, forces have killed 32 civilians mostly youth while scores have been blinded and maimed by deadly pellets and pava shells.
He said for the resistance camp, all means of peaceful protests and political space has been closed. “How long will those in chair continue to follow the diktats of New Delhi and preside over the massacres of Kashmiris?”