‘India suffering from arrogance of power’
SRINAGAR: Calling for complete shutdown on July 8 – the 2nd anniversary of Hizb commander Burhan Wani – the joint resistance leadership (JRL) has asked the religious clerics to hold Fateha Khawani (special prayers) on Friday to commemorate the anniversary of Wani and those killed during people’s uprising in 2016.
The JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said it will hold a general public meeting in Tral on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the leadership also denounced the statement of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying Kashmir is neither an issue of development or administration nor can it be resolved through military might.
Modi had said the Government of India’s goal in Jammu and Kashmir is “good governance, development, responsibility and accountability”.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement said Kashmir is a longstanding issue and the world community has agreed to decide its political destiny through the right to self-determination.
The leadership said Modi’s statement is “not more than jugglery of words” and illustrates his “insincerity”. It said Kashmir is an issue of right to self-determination of 15 million people who are pursuing their “sacred mission” since past seven decades.
“It is unfortunate that Narendra Modi and other Indian politicians instead of relying on rational thinking are pursuing their fanatical dogma,” it said.
“India is suffering from arrogance of power,” JRL said adding that authorities in Delhi are deliberately ignoring the hard realities about Jammu and Kashmir.
“India forcibly seized Kashmir in 1947 with its military might and we are suffering heavily since that day,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said. “During this period, more than six lakh people have been mercilessly killed… instead of stating any logic, they (New Delhi) are issuing threats and adding fuel to the fire.”
JRL suggested Indian leadership to “learn from annals of history”, saying “Kashmir was much more progressive and on forefront in economy, and the life standard was far better than other states of India”.
The leadership blamed New Delhi for turmoil, disturbance and other issues related to economy and development, saying the “forced occupation has pushed the state to stone-age like situations”.
“Jammu Kashmir has been blessed with rich resources, forests minerals, however (these) were looted and plundered by occupational forces and authorities in Delhi,” it said.