Addressing resistance seminar, TeH chairperson hails youth who have picked up the gun
Srinagar: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat chairperson Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Tuesday stressed upon the need for unity within the resistance camp, asking the leadership to evolve beyond a “few people” or a “few organisations’” and adopt a broader idea of the unity of “the whole nation”.
Sehrai said that the resistance leadership has to overcome flaws, ignore minor issues within the ranks, and come to common terms. “We are divided in our approach and demands. We have different agendas. The leadership has to evolve a consensus and shun the differences and guide the nation for the larger cause,” he said addressing a daylong seminar in Srinagar that was organised by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) to mark the year-long detention of Hurriyat leaders in Delhi’s Tihar Jail after arrest by the National Investigation Agency (NIA).
Sehrai said that the unanimous demand of the leadership should only be that “we want freedom from India”.
The seminar was also addressed by JKLF chairperson Muhammad Yasin Malik, businessmen, advocates and other civil society members.
Senior resistance leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were barred from attending the seminar and detained at their residences by police.
Terming the detainees in Tihar as prisoners of conscience, Sehrai said that they were the heroes of the nation. He said that all the Kashmiri prisoners languishing in different jails of India have been detained on frivolous charges.
He said that the Indian courts have never been able to prove any charge against the Kashmiri leadership and that many people who were detained earlier for 12 years were acquitted without anything proved against them. “Never has any case been proved against them in Kashmir,” he said.
Sehrai said that such tactics were being adopted to cow down the resistance leadership. However, he said, those at the helm should bear in mind that Kashmiris do not love anything more than “freedom”.
Hailing the youth who have taken up arms, Sehrai said that they were the sons of the soil who had sacrificed everything for the cause of Kashmir. “Such youth love, above all, the dignity and honour of themselves and their people,” he said.
He said that the people of Kashmir have laid down numerous lives to achieve the cherished goal of Azadi. “Our educated youth is resorting to guns and laying down their lives. They will continue to do so till India keeps trampling on the honour and dignity of Kashmiris,” he said.
“We do not accept any accord including of 1975. Our demand is implementation of Right to Self Determination,” Sehrai said.
He said that the need of the hour is to stay united. However, he said, the unity should not be restricted to a few organisations or for that matter a few people.
Many speakers who addressed the gathering said that India being a signatory to the Geneva Convention on prisoners should abide by the international law, but contrary to it India was employing evil means to inflict more and more harm.
Yasin Malik said that Kashmiri prisoners deserve the sympathy of the international community. “India on one hand claims to be the biggest democracy of the world but on the other hand is caging down political activists for holding a political belief. This is not a democratic approach but a dictatorial attitude,” Malik said.
The seminar was attended by various political leaders, social activists, human rights dignitaries, leaders of trade bodies, members of civil society, lawyers, kith and kin of Kashmiri prisoners languishing in various jails in and outside Jammu and Kashmir.
The seminar was held to highlight the “inhuman conditions faced by pro-resistance Kashmiri inmates” in various jails including Tihar, Mandawali and jails of Jammu & Kashmir including Udhampur, Kathua, Hiranagar, Amphala Jammu, Srinagar Central Jail, Mattan, Baramullah, Kupwara, Kot Balwal and other incarceration centers.