Srinagar, February 17 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, Hurriyet leaders and organizations have taken strong exception to the threatening statement of Indian Army Chief, General Bipin Rawat, that strict action will be taken against protesters in the territory and they will be considered as over-ground workers of mujahideen.

APHC leader and the Working Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Movement, Mir Shahid Saleem, in a statement issued in Jammu denounced in strong terms the Indian Army Chief’s assertion threatening civilian population of dire consequences on holding protests in the territory. He advised the General to take a cue from several of his predecessors who have been very candid in expressing their helplessness in crushing the mass uprising in Kashmir, and instead have been calling for the political solution to the Kashmir dispute.

He said, ever since the BJP-led government assumed office in Delhi, it has started crushing the Kashmiris’ freedom movement with the iron hand and the recent statement of the Army Chief should be seen in that light only. He said that the Narendra Modi government in India was adopting revengeful attitude to crush the collective resolve of the Kashmiris.

The General Secretary of Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), Nahida Nasreen, reacting to the Indian Army Chief’s remarks, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that such threats could not stop the Kashmiris from continuing their struggle for securing their right to self-determination.

Commenting on the raising of Pakistan flag, she said, “Kashmir is destined to become a part of Pakistan as it represents our culture and faith and we will merge with it with the help of a free and fair plebiscite.”

Other leaders including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Farida Bahenji, Zamruda Habib, Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, Zafar Akbar Butt, Muhammad Ramzan Khan, Shabbir Ahmad Zargar and Khawaja Firdous in their statements said that Indian forces were crushing the Kashmiris’ indigenous movement. They added that the Indian military and political leadership had no other option but to resolve the Kashmir dispute through a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process which would help end political uncertainty in South Asia.

Resistance leader and Deputy Grand Mufti of occupied Kashmir, Mufti Nasir-ul-Islam, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that Indian Army Chief’s assertion was highly condemnable. He said that such remarks would push more youth towards militancy. He said, “We will not be intimidated by such statements. Our people will exhibit their extreme valour without any fear in future.”

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Freedom League, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, in a statement issued in Islamabad strongly reacted to the provocative statement of the Indian Army Chief. He urged the world community, United Nations and international organizations to take cognizance of the statement which is an open threat of killing Kashmiris en masse after declaring them as militants.

Muhammad Farooq Rehmani said that the state terrorism as justified by the Indian Army Chief to suppress the ongoing freedom movement was unacceptable to the people of Kashmir. He said that Kashmiri people would continue their struggle for freedom in a peaceful manner without any fear.

On the other hand, reacting to the remarks of Indian Army Chief, member of the so-called Kashmir Assembly, Engineer Abdur Rasheed, in a statement in Srinagar termed it a confession of the army that New Delhi has lost control over Kashmir. He said, “If masses do not care of the consequences and put their lives at stake, New Delhi must revisit its Kashmir policy.”

Expressing concern over the remarks of Bipin Rawat, the leader of Communist Party of India (Marxist), Mohammad Yousuf Tarigami, in his statement in Srinagar said, “Such harsh statements could compound the already hostile situation in Kashmir and prove counterproductive. This was the time for taking confidence-building measures.”


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