SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday the martyrs of July 13, 1931 are the “torch bearers of our struggle for self-determination who set the precedent to stand up against repression and fight for fundamental right – the right to be masters of our destiny”.
“Tremendous sacrifices have been made since then and lakhs of Kashmiris have been martyred and continue to be killed for the fulfillment of this quest,” Mirwaiz, according to a statement, said while talking to reporters before being detained outside his Nigeen residence.
He had tried to defy his house detention to march towards Naqashband Sahib shrine to pay floral tributes to the July 13 martyrs.
“Undoubtedly it is an uphill task that the brave people of the nation have undertaken but to break the yoke of subjugation and achieve freedom is the dream of every nation which is worth all the struggle and sacrifice being offered,” Mirwaiz said.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz welcomed the statement of UN chief Antonio Gutteres backing UNHCHR Zeid bin Ra’ad Zeid al-Hussein’s call for international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir, calling it the “voice of the UN”.
Mirwaiz said instead of calling the UN report biased and fallacious, the Government of India should understand that “it cannot forever cloak the gravest human rights abuses being perpetuated here by their forces from the eyes of the world”. “Truth always comes out and no amount of denial or propaganda can change that fact,” he said.
“Human rights abuses are a consequence of forcible control when armed forces are pitched against rebelling civilians. Once the GoI accepts that Kashmir dispute cannot be addressed militarily without causing human rights abuses but has to be addressed politically, all this will change and peace can return to the subcontinent and all of us can be rid of accusing and defending charges.”
Mirwaiz urged the GoI to give up its “obduracy” and resolve the Kashmir dispute in the spirit of democracy and give people the right to self-determination.
He also criticised authorities for barring people from offering prayers at Jamia Masjid for the 10th week this year and other mosques in Downtown Srinagar by enforcing curfew and restrictions.