SRINAGAR: Asserting that “Pakistan is as much a party to the Kashmir dispute as India”, the joint resistance leadership (JRL) on Friday said the statements by Governor SP Malik reflect the “arrogance and highhandedness” of New Delhi which treats Jammu and Kashmir as its colony through repressive military control.
JRL comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued here said, “Since New Delhi thrust (its) new deputy to rule over J&K, killings and repression have further worsened with more than 12 civilians and 26 armed youth killed so far in October only while dozens of houses have been blasted and tens of scores of youth and activists sent to jails and slapped with PSA on most of them.”
The leadership said Governor Malik is here “on a mission from New Delhi to give the stern message to the people of Kashmir that New Delhi is not interested in resolving the Kashmir dispute”.
JRL said Governor’s message is that New Delhi “does not acknowledge (Kashmir dispute); instead will maintain the status quo on it and (won’t) hesitate from further turning up the heat on people if they do not give up their struggle of self determination”.
“His (Governor’s) utterances are part of GoI’s consistent mischief of creating a false narrative on Kashmir in order to undermine its disputed nature and hence mislead people in India and the world,” the leadership said.
Through disparate analogies of oft-repeated Tamilian failure in Sri Lanka to open and veiled threats of ‘no bouquets for bullets’ to pacification of ‘multiplexes’ and ‘IPLs’, Malik wants to disenchant people from their just struggle while intimidating them, JRL said.
“Mr Malik better realise that all his attempts to intimidate and mislead people while undermining the historical facts and the context of the Kashmir dispute are absolutely futile. Kashmir issue is an internationally acknowledged dispute between India and Pakistan with people of entire J&K being the main stakeholders. There are dozens of UN resolutions that have endorsed the people’s right of self determination to decide their future dispensation and it is this legitimate right that people of J&K are demanding and striving for,” the leadership said.
Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said Pakistan is as much a party to the (Kashmir) dispute as is India, as the state stands divided between them.
“No amount of repression, military might, propaganda or pacification can change these facts. They are the facts for all times till the dispute is resolved either through right of self-determination or through dialogue among the three stakeholders. War between the two countries as witnessed previously over the dispute will prove disastrous,” they said.
“Let Mr Singh be reminded that many governors – some of who were generals, some administrators and some politicians – came and went in the last 70 years but the reality of the Kashmir dispute has stood as it is and in no way has it been diluted. Instead, it has got intensified with the fourth generation taking up the mantle to strive for their fundamental right. So, no amount of threats and coercion, propaganda or pacification will have any effect on people or their faith and commitment to their legitimate movement,” the resistance leaders added.
JRL said if Governor wants to make a mark for himself, he should convey the truth of Kashmir to “his bosses in Delhi” and ask them, in the light of the international agreements and on principles of democracy, to resolve the dispute as per people’s will and aspirations.
Meanwhile, JRL has reiterated the call for complete protest shutdown on October 27 (Saturday).