In a region mired in conflict, it takes all the more courage, and perseverance to be the voice of the voiceless and to separate facts from propaganda. Help The Kashmir Monitor sustain so that we continue to be editorially independent. Remember, your contributions, however small they may be, matter to us.

Joint Hurriyat reacts to Army Chief’s statement: ‘Banking on military power won’t fetch any results’

 

Srinagar, May 11: Responding to the recent statement of Army Chief that “Azadi was not possible as youth can’t fight army”, the Joint Hurriyat said that it was an admission that “no holds barred military force would continue to be used by the state to repress people and commit grave human rights violation upon them.”

 

“The Army chief must realise that banking on military might won’t fetch the desired result of conquering Kashmir.  Kashmir is a political and human issue of more than ten million people who are asking for genuine rights,” they said in a joint statement.

The leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik strongly condemned the government’s decision of once again caging the entire Hurriyat leadership and imposing curbs in downtown Srinagar, barring people from offering mandatory Friday payers at Jamia Masjid.

The trio said that even funeral prayers in absentia  were not allowed as leadership for the slain civilians and militants in Shopian last week.

“The more repressive measures GoI and its local supporters in Kashmir would employ to force to push resistance camp and the people of Kashmir into submission, the stronger would be the resolve to fight back for freedom from forcible rule,” read the statement.

“The disproportionate war being fought   against the people of Kashmir by the ruling BJP regime at the Centre to push the people of Kashmir to the wall and break our resolve will never succeed as people are fighting for securing the inalienable right to determine our future guaranteed by the world’s highest body—the United Nations Security Council,” the statement added.