SRINAGAR: Reacting to the GoI minister Jitendra Singh’s statement that Jammu and Kashmir was as much “part of India” as any other state, Syed Ali Geelani-led Hurriyat Conference on Sunday termed it as “sheer ignorance” about the history of partition of India.
“Jitendra Singh either mocks with the history or on foreseeing a logical defeat in Kashmir adopts an ostrich posture to deceive himself”, a Hurriyat spokesperson said in a statement.
On Singh’s remark that “media should not ask if India has any issue with Pakistan regarding Jammu and Kashmir”, the spokesperson termed it “ridiculous” and “an act of distortion (of) the proven historical realities about the internationally accepted Kashmir issue”.
“Which country has placed Kashmir issue before the UN? The presence of UN observers in Jammu and Kashmir is yet another clear proof that it is a disputed territory,” the spokesperson said and suggested Singh to “have a fresh look on the history of Kashmir where people are engaged in a legitimate struggle for right to self-determination for the last seventy years”.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat spokesperson condemned the recent arrest spree across valley saying the youth are pushed to the wall and their social life is being disturbed.
“The kith and kin of the incarcerated youth on their visit to the Hurriyat head office narrated woeful stories of barbarism,” the spokesperson said.
“Reyaz Ahmad Ahanger S/o Abdul Gani of Humhama faced dozens of (fictitious) FIRs lodged against him and finally he has been shifted to district jail Kathua after being slapped with PSA. Similarly, Reyaz Ahmad Malik S/o Mohammad Ramzan, Zahid Ahmad Nala S/o Ghulam Mohammad, Asim Yasin Malik S/o Mohammad Yasin, all residents of Arwani, Anantnag and Bilal Ahmad Ganie S/o Bashir Ahmad, Ashiq Hussain S/o Ghulam Mohammad, Parvez Ahmad Ganie S/o Bashir Ahmad, residents of Hasanpora, Anantnag, have been detained in district jail Kathua under the draconian Public Safety Act,” he said.
The spokesperson condemned the “physical torture” of Feroz Ahmad Dar at the hands of jail authorities at district jail Udhampur, and termed the use of “brute force” against the detainees as “a grave violation of human rights”.
He demanded a high level probe by UNHRC into the matter.