SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday warned of a “strong and sustained” agitation in case the Supreme Court of India announces any decision or ruling aimed at changing the demographic character of J&K.
He also lauded the unity and steadfastness of “each segment of society” towards the move aimed at meddling with Article 35-A that deals with hereditary state subject law of J&K.
“Kashmiri people have shown time and again that they can’t be forced into submission and there was no question of compromising the state’s political interests,” Mirwaiz said while addressing people at historic Jamia Masjid in Old Srinagar.
He praised the unity exhibited by traders, transporters, hoteliers, lawyers industrialists, houseboat owners, employees, students, and civil society activists and stated that no power can defeat a people so united in their purpose.
He said people should follow the two-day protest and strike programme announced by joint resistance leadership (JRL) on August 5 and 6 in letter and spirit.
“Kashmiri people have already made it clear that they can spill their blood and put everything at stake in case Supreme Court ruling goes against our interests,” he said.
He also paid tributes to four armed youth killed in two separate encounters at Kupwara and Sopore saying “New Delhi’s obduracy and military approach is pushing our youth to arms and their death”.
“Kashmiri youth are being killed every day and if Delhi believes these repressive measures can weaken the people’s resolve in their just struggle, it is totally mistaken. The fact remains that these sacrifices further strengthen the people’s resolve in their cause. But these sacrifices offered by youth cause us great pain,” he said.
Mirwaiz also strongly denounced the “arbitrary” and continuous house arrest of veteran resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani, and also the amendment to PSA by the Governor-led administration.
He urged UN to “immediately intervene into the various forms of repression being unleashed on Kashmiris seeking their legitimate rights”.
After Friday prayers, Mirwaiz led a protest march at the Jamia Masjid against the move aimed at meddling with Article 35-A, the statement said.