Kashmir struggle not driven by social media platforms: Sehrai
Srinagar, Jan 12: Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Chairman, Mohammad Ashraf Sehrai said that the people of Kashmir are neither misinformed nor this ‘indigenous political freedom struggle’ is driven by social media platforms. According to a statement issued to media, Sehrai was reacting on General Bipin Rawat’s statement in which he had said ‘Kashmiri youth is being radicalized with misinformation by social media’. “The General is deliberately issuing such statements and labeling educated Kashmiris as radicalized just to hoodwink the people of India,” he said, adding that Army chief should be in know of the fact that people of Kashmir were demanding for their right to self-determination peacefully since 1947 when such media platforms were non-existent. He said before labeling Kashmiris as radicalized, General Rawat should realize that Kashmiri nation was not fighting any nation or any political party but striving for its just rights, which had been promised to them seven decades back by the international community including India’s first prime minister unfortunately, which India had so far dealt with ‘brute force’ since decades. “The Indian military and political leadership had no other option but to come to the grips of the reality that Kashmir issue cannot be dealt with military might or with threats but by involving all parties to Kashmir dispute in a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process, which could also help to end political uncertainty in entire South Asia,” he said. Furthermore, Sehrai anguished over the frequent Cordon-and-Search-Operations (CASOs), terming it as a collective punishment. Condemning the frequent door to door search operations and arresting youth in south Kashmir districts Kulgam, Shopian and Pulwama, Sehrai said, “This is the collective punishment inflicted on the people in the winter months that deserve all condemnation.” Sehrai said forces have unleashed ‘a reign of terror’ across South Kashmir by launching frequent CASOs where in people of all ages including elderly, women and children are asked to stay out of their house in the biting cold for hours together and then “harassing and arresting youth is a dangerous ploy to further pushing them to the wall. This way, people are subjected to collective punishment. He demanded an immediate end to these operations.” Sehrai strongly denounced the arbitrary arrest of three youth Tawseef Lone, Abdul Samad Inquilabi and Suhail Parray of Bandipora, and shifting them to outside the Valley and slapping the PSA on them.