‘Kashmiris want India to prosper but Delhi muzzling our voice’

‘Kashmiris want India to prosper but Delhi muzzling our voice’
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SRINAGAR: Extending full support to the JRL strike call forAugust 15, the Mirwaiz Umar Farooq-led Hurriyat Conference on Monday said protesting the “ultimate oppression” is the only way to convey the message to entire world community as to how Delhi was “muzzling” the “genuine dissent” in Kashmir.
A Hurriyat (M) spokesperson in a statement said the people of Kashmir were never against the independence day of any country including India and always wanted other nations including India to prosper but the Government of India (GoI) “has been muzzling the voice of people of Kashmir through brute force and killings and maiming its inhabitants ruthlessly over the past more than three decades”.
He said Delhi must accept the ground realities and start a meaningful dialogue to resolve the vexed issue as per the wishes and aspirations of people of Kashmir.
“There is no denying the fact that those preparing for celebrations of their independence day have trampled all the social, religious, and political rights of Kashmiri people under the boots of military might which doesn’t suit a nation claiming to be world’s largest democracy,” he said.
The spokesperson termed it unfortunate that instead of accepting the ground realities, Delhi is following its military approach and iron fist policy to push the people including youth to the wall.
“Given the historic perspective of Kashmir, Delhi can’t ignore the resolution of this issue for long and solving the world’s oldest dispute has already become inevitable,” he said.
He condemned the mass frisking ahead of August 15 saying the entire valley has been turned into a military garrison and the people have been made hostages in their own state.
Meanwhile, the Hurriyat (M) spokesperson expressed serious concern and shock over the death of a youth and injuries to many others at Tosa Maidan meadow due to explosion of littered shells.
“The incident has punctured the tall claims of government that the area has been sanitised and cleared of the all unexploded material,” he said.
Mere issuing of advisories cant plug the killing of people at the place that has been a firing range for the army since long, the spokesperson said adding that concrete steps need to be taken to clear the area from all the littered explosive material to prevent further loss of life.