Srinagar, February 16 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC), Syed Ali Gilani, and other Hurriyet leaders and organizations have taken a strong exception to the statement of Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat that strict action will be taken against protesters in the territory and they will be taken as over-ground workers of mujahideen.
Syed Ali Gilani in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the remarks of Indian Army Chief as an open threat to massacre the unarmed civilians. He said that India was pursuing this policy of genocide since 1947 and the whole population of Jammu and Kashmir was resisting it.
The APHC Chairman said that the entire Kashmir was protesting against the illegal and forcible occupation by India. He deplored that New Delhi had not learnt lesson from the current situation but was trying to crush the Kashmiris’ ongoing freedom movement with military might. Syed Ali Gilani said that the brave people of Kashmir could not be silenced by issuing threatening remarks. He said that India had no respect for humanity, was only concerned about the land of Kashmir and wanted to continue its illegal hold over it through use of force but would never succeed in its designs.
The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his statement in Srinagar, while reacting to the assertion of Indian army chief said that instead of issuing threatening remarks, India should realise the ground reality over Kashmir. He said that killings, arrests, restrictions and harassment could not weaken the freedom sentiment of the Kashmiri people and they would continue their struggle till complete success.
The Mirwaiz said that the people of Kashmir were struggling for securing their right to self-determination promised to them by India and the international community. He said that the threat by Indian Army chief would further deteriorate the situation and the political and military leadership of India would have to accept that Kashmir dispute could not be resolved through use of force.
The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), Muhammad Yasin Malik, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that threats and intimidations could not suppress the will of Kashmiri people who had resolved to break the shackles of illegal Indian occupation.
He said that Indian army chief by issuing such kinds of statements had shown his anti-human attitude and lack of political wisdom and the statement amounts to his direct threat to the whole Kashmiri populace. He said that repressive measures could not suppress the voices of freedom because if it was so, India of which he is Army Chief today would not have been among free countries.
APHC leader, Nayeem Ahmad Khan in a statement in Srinagar said that Kashmir dispute could not be settled by issuing threats and warnings. He said that open threats by Indian army chief to unarmed people of Kashmir was a serious matter and completely undemocratic.
Nayeem Khan said that holding protests to support or oppose any political ideology was an internationally-acknowledged democratic right but denying of such rights to Kashmiris on institutional level was again proved when Indian army chief brazenly threatened the protesters to be dubbed as anti-India.
Hurriyet leaders, Shabbir Ahmad Dar, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War in a joint statement in Srinagar said that the provocative and threatening statement by Indian Army chief was condemnable and the peace-loving countries of the world should take strong notice of it. “The Indian Army chief must keep it in mind that the freedom movement is indigenous being nursed by our blood. Our proud sons of soil are offering huge sacrifices to end Indian occupation,” they added.
The Jamaat-e-Islami of occupied Kashmir in a statement in Srinagar strongly denounced the threats to the Kashmiris by Indian army chief, adding that Kashmir was an internationally recognized dispute and should be resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions and aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
Meanwhile, the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, has strongly reacted to the aggressive statement of the Indian Army Chief, Bipin Rawat, calling on the world community, United Nations and international organizations to take cognizance of the statement which is a threatening of killing Kashmiris en masse after declaring them as militants.Follow @kmsnewz