AAC observes foundation day
SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said since 1947, every policy of running and ruling Kashmir has been made and implemented directly by New Delhi and that the change of face or guard will not make any difference unless there is change of policy.
“The fact remains that the state is actually ruled and governed by the forces from the day they landed here,” Mirwaiz said in his presidential address on the 55th foundation day of Awami Action Committee (AAC) which was observed as a ‘day of pledge’ at the AAC headquarters, Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal here.
Mirwaiz regretted that all the parties who have ruled Kashmir since 1947 have acted as “collaborators” and “willing tools” in the hands of New Delhi and always followed their diktats rather than standing up for the rights of the people of J&K.
He urged AAC members and activists to forge unity among their ranks and remain steadfast.
Mirwaiz in his address said, “The more repressive measures the GoI and its agencies would employ to muzzle the genuine struggle, the more our resolve to fight oppression would become strong. Kashmir movement has witnessed a transition as today our fourth generation is on roads demanding their birthright which reflects that nation is not going to surrender no matter how tough the repression would be.”
He said that pushing youth to the wall and using “ultimate repression” against them is destined to boomerang and take an ugly shape. “It was unfortunate that New Delhi instead of accepting the ground realities and acknowledging the basic political aspirations of people of Kashmir is handling the issue militarily, which is fraught with dangerous repercussions,” he said.
“The international community has finally woken up to the worsening human rights situation in Kashmir as the recent UN report on the Kashmir has a taken the lid off the gory cases of rights abuses and direct intervention of world bodies has now become highly inevitable,” Mirwaiz said.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of AAC in a statement said despite government forces turning downtown into a military fortress, hundreds of workers and activists who had come from various parts of Kashmir, assembled at Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal “to take a pledge for fulfilling the mission of the martyrs”.
During the function, various speakers highlighted the “55-year-long contributions of AAC leaders, activists and workers towards the ongoing movement of right to self-determination”, the statement said.