SRINAGAR: The joint resistance leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik on Tuesday said pushing people to the wall by choking political space is the main reason that Kashmiri youth choose the armed path.
The trio made these remarks after holding a meeting in which “present political situation and all its aspects came into deliberation”, according to a statement issued here.
On Kashmiri youth picking up guns, the leaders said mothers, fathers and even political leadership have no role in this regard. “However this ball also lies in the court of Indian political and military leadership. Aggressive policies of India and ban on political dissent are pushing Kashmiris to the wall and hence promoting worst kind of violence,” they said.
JRL, according to the statement, deliberated upon the “depressing” political situation emerging after Pulwama attack and subsequent “hostile” statements from India’s prime minister, home minister and military core commander along with police officers, and said, “If it was possible to defeat a people’s movement by military oppression, police highhandedness, killings, massacres, and other tyrant means, then no country including India would have tasted freedom and sovereignty.”
Referring to the press conference by Army’s Corps Commander of Chinar Corps in Srinagar in which he warned Kashmiri youth involved in militant activities to surrender or they will be killed, JRL said “persuading young boys to refrain from treading some path is not in the hands of fathers, mothers or even political leaders however this ball also lies in the court of Indian political and military leadership who have chosen to choke every little space on political dissent in Kashmir”.
The Army commander had requested mothers of Kashmir to ask their sons to surrender and get back.
“Request all mothers of Kashmir to tell their sons to surrender and get back. Anyone who has picked up the gun will be killed and eliminated unless he surrenders,” he said.
JRL said, “In 2008, when Kashmiris at the behest of international community, big countries, diplomatic circles and even Indian civil society changed the outlook of their freedom struggle and started an exemplary peaceful resistance, Kashmiris were of the view that international community and Indian rulers will support this positive change but Indian rulers chose to suppress that peaceful peoples agitation by military and police might.”
“Hundreds of young and unarmed youth, children and women were killed; thousands maimed, thousands jailed and people’s agitation was suppressed by military might. Same oppression was repeated in 2010 and again a peaceful political dissent was crushed by military and police boots. During these peaceful political movements, thousands of young boys also faced the wrath of Indians and were jailed, tortured, booked under PSA and in many cases their mothers, sisters, brothers and fathers abused and humiliated in front of them. This callous approach of Indian rulers and choking of every little space on peaceful political dissent actually pushed a whole generation to the wall and left no space for young ones but to join armed resistance.”
Since BJP took over the reigns of government at Delhi in 2014, they announced a hardcore policy against Kashmiris and immediately started their “anti-Kashmir” actions under the ‘Operation All Out’, JRL said. “This operation was not only launched against armed youth but even peaceful political movement also became its target as besides killings hundreds, maiming and blinding thousands by pellets and bullets, blasting and burning down of residential houses and properties, thousands got arrested under PSA and even many agencies and institutions were used to cage more political leaders and in jails outside Jammu Kashmir.”
On the issue of removing security of some resistance leaders, JRL said it was a non issue as “it was India and its abettors in Jammu Kashmir who deployed security to these leaders without any request and today have removed it also on their own”.
“The resistance camp is striving against the illegal Indian occupation peacefully and politically, and this removal of security will not affect our struggle for freedom and self-determination in any manner,” Geelani, Mirwaiz and Malik said.