New Delhi, April 30 (KMS): The incarcerated All Parties Hurriyat Conference senior leader, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, while condemning the Narendra Modi-led Bharatiya Janata Party government’s political and cultural onslaught against the Kashmiris has said that unity within the rank and file of the APHC is only way to foil the apartheid regime’s evil designs.
In a message from New Delhi’s infamous Tihar jail, Nayeem Khan said the BJP’s hostile policy on Kashmir is driven by its racial bias, Islamophobia and its zeal for turning India into a Hindu Rashtra. He said that ban on holding congregational prayers and preventing people from observing Shab-e-Qadr in mosques were obvious manifestations of BJP’s bias and discrimination against Islam. He termed such acts as an infringement into religious matters of Kashmiri Muslims.
The APHC leader said, “The policy of shutting down places of worship and restricting worshipers from attending religious gatherings were akin to the policy Israel has been practicing against Muslims in Palestine. Modi’s racial regime is hell bent on turning Kashmir into Palestine.”
He lauded the APHC unity move saying that forging unity was direly needed to thwart India’s wicked designs aimed at erasing the political, cultural and religious identity of the Kashmiris. “On one hand, Indian government is hell bent on erasing the Kashmiris’ identity while on the other the witch-hunt against civil society, academicians, journalists and human rights defenders is going on unabated,” he said.
The APHC leader voicing serious concern over the widespread violence and killing of youth by Indian troops in IIOJK said India must remember the fact that the genuine freedom movements cannot be suppressed through the use of military might. “Sooner or later India will have to quit Kashmir as it cannot hold the Kashmiris hostage for a long time,” he added.
Meanwhile, Nayeem Khan extended in advance his heartfelt felicitations to the Muslim Ummah, particularly the Muslims of IIOJK, on the sacred occasion of Eid-ul-Fitr. He appealed to the Kashmiris to maintain austerity and the high spirits of the real Islamic values while celebrating the religious festivals. “Eid-ul-Fitr provides us a unique opportunity to share the moments of joy with the destitute and needy of our society especially the ones who are facing the tough times under Indian subjugation,” he said.
Urging philanthropists and donors to contribute generously for the uplift of the victims of Indian state terrorism, he called upon them not to forget the homeless people, the heirs of martyrs, orphans and families of illegally detained incarcerated Hurriyat activists who have been languishing in jails for the past several years.
Meanwhile, another APHC leader, Advocate Devinder Singh Behl, in a statement issued in Jammu said India under a well-hatched conspiracy is putting the Kashmiri Hurriyat leaders and activists behind the bars to suppress the ongoing Kashmir freedom movement. He said that India had illegally detained thousands of Kashmiris including Hurriyat leaders and activists in different jails of IIOJK and India so that the Kashmiri people could not raise their voice for their rights.
Advocate Behl said Kashmir dispute remains unresolved for the last several decades and the Kashmiri people have been fighting for their birthright during all these years. He said India is using brutal tactics to malign the Hurriyat leaders but would not succeed in its nefarious designs.
He said that unless the Kashmir dispute was resolved in accordance with the UN resolutions and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people, lasting peace could not be established in South Asia. He also urged the Indian authorities to release all Kashmiri detainees before Eid-ul-Fitr.