Hurriyat leader’s killing
Anantnag: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat (TeH) Chairman, Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai on Thursday said that the ‘Indian agencies’ have armed people in Kashmir-on the pattern of Ikhwan, the former government mercenaries-to wipe out members of the TeH and the Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI).
Sehrai on Wednesday reached Badoo village of Achabal in Anantnag district to condole the killing of senior TeH leader, and Anantnag district president of the amalgam, Hafizullah Mir.
Mir was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, days after receiving threats, right outside his residence in the village, as he was leaving is home to get one of his kids admitted at a local school.
Sehrai reached Mir’s residence Wednesday morning and addressed a gathering of mourners for well over an hour.
In his address Sehrai reiterated what Hurriyat-G Chairman, Syed Ali Geelani’s claims-blaming the ‘Indian agencies’ for targeting TeH members, “Similar to what was done to the Jama’at members in late 90’s and early 2000’s”
Sehrai said that the Hurriyat have had getting inputs since a few years now, about the “evil designs” of the ‘Indian agencies’.
“We have inputs that a kill-list has been put together to target and kill members of the TeH and the Jama’at cadre,” Sehrai said, “And to meet out the designs, certain people have been armed in secrecy, who then carry out these executions.”
He said that Hakeem u Rehman Sultani of Bomai Sopore and Tariq Ahmad Ganai of Memander Shopian were shot dead under the same design and plan, earlier this year.
Sehrai, however, said that the “evil designs” have never and will never deter the freedom loving people of Kashmir-the TeH and the Jama’at activists included.
“The tactics are not new. They have been there since the formation of the TeH in 2004, when Advocate Hisham-ud-din of Sopore was killed brutally and the rest of us were frequently jailed. They were unable to cow us down back then and it will be the same, this time around as well,” he said.
Sehrai spoke on length about the past and present of the Kashmir conundrum and blamed National Conference leader, Sheikh Muhammad Abdullah, for the miseries and pain of the Kashmiri people.
The TeH Chairman asserted that Sheikh was a jackal, rather than the “lion” some people have been mistakenly calling him.
“What on earth had he done to earn being called a lion? He time and again betrayed the people of Kashmir and his betrayal is what the whole of Kashmir is paying the price for,” Sehrai said.
He said that even if the first betrayal of Sheikh in 1947 is overlooked-on the basis of naivety and political inexperience-he repeated he did nothing to men the situation.
“Instead, he kept betraying the people time and again-the accord of 1975 being just one of the examples,” Sehrai said.
Sehrai did not stop at Sheikh in his criticism of the mainstream politics in Kashmir. He also took a dig at former Chief Minister and PDP founder, Mufti Muhammad Sayeed, blaming him for brining RSS in the valley.
“Some friends (journalists and intellectuals among them) used to call Mufti a seasoned politician and I always disagreed. I was proven right. Had he been a seasoned politician he would have thought about the Kashmiri people, before bringing RSS to the valley,” Sehrai said.
Sehrai said that Mufti should have preferred to stay out of power than aligning with the right wing BJP.
“And no one in Kashmir will ever forget his daughter’s (Mehbooba Mufti, the former Chief Minister) remarks about just five percent of the people want Azaadi in Kashmir,” he said.
Sherai concluded his speech by paying floral tributes to the slain TeH leader, Hafizullah Mir and said that Mir has achieved martyrdom and offered his blood to the freedom struggle of Kashmir.