Srinagar, Oct 26: “27th October is the darkest day of our history. It is the day on which Indian army illegally occupied Jammu Kashmir. Right from the day one, India has been treating Jammu Kashmir as its colony and people of this land as its slaves who have no human rights,” said the jailed chairman of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik on Friday in a statement.
Malik said Indian forces are on daily basis killing Kashmiris, blasting, destroying and vandalizing residential houses, arresting young and old and no one in the international community is even uttering a word against this “genocide” of Kashmiris “which is criminal attitude”.
“After occupying our land with military might, visibly scared of Kashmiri resistance, Indian leadership under the command of its first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru, went to United Nations and pledged to hold referendum and provide people of Jammu Kashmir a chance to determine their future. Not only at UN, Indian leaders repeated these pledges in Indian Parliament and even at Lal Chowk Srinagar in front of thousands of Kashmiris but today when we the people of Jammu Kashmir are asking for fulfillment of these pledges, Indian state is crushing us, killing our kith and kin, blasting and burning down our residential houses, destroying our crops and orchards, putting our young and old behind bars and by all these colonial type oppressions trying to suppress our voices for freedom,” Yasin Malik said.
JKLF chairman said the “complete boycott of Indian-sponsored elections in 2017 and recent municipal elections should serve as an eye opener for Indian policy makers and they should realize that neither iron fist policy of India nor its policy of incentives, bribes and gimmicks has been successful to finish or weaken Kashmiri resolve and determination for attaining freedom and right to self-determination”.
“They have failed in past and are bound to fail in future too,” Malik said.
He paid rich tributes to those killed recently and said that the “nation of Kashmir is indebted to these sacrifices”.
For every militant killed, we create more among educated youth: Ex-Interlocutor
New Delhi, Feb 18: Former Jammu and Kashmir interlocutor Wajahat Habibullah has called the Pulwama attack, which claimed the lives of 40 CRPF men last week, a “failure in policy”.
In a veiled reproval of the government, Habibullah, who has also been the chairperson of the National Commission for Minorities, added that such failure was ultimately a test of those who fashion the policy.
“The polarisation within the state between the two major communities will deepen, with the risk of descending into communal violence in Jammu that has been contained for now,” he told News18.
Commenting on reports that the Jaish-e-Mohammed suicide bomber picked up the gun because of ill-treatment at the hands of the armed forces, Habibullah said this explanation was not new.
“Burhan Wani, otherwise a promising student, took to militancy after his brother was killed in an encounter with the security forces. And the handling of the disturbances after the elimination of Burhan Wani without simultaneous outreach to the youth, for which the J&K government has blueprints, has only exacerbated the tension. A sharp escalation of recruitment in militant ranks despite increased elimination by ‘Operation All Out’ is borne out by statistics. Thus, for every militant eliminated, we have been creating more even from among the educated and well-off,” he added.
The former interlocutor also called the government’s attention towards the Army’s Operation Sadhbhavana, a programme for outreach which has worked successfully in Ladakh and the areas along the LoC in Poonch and Rajouri districts of Jammu.
“Unless we move rapidly in that direction, I dread to anticipate the future for Kashmir and specifically its relationship with the rest of the country, which can only be even further embittered,” Habibullah said, adding that it was imperative to also move quickly to restore governance to an elected government “which it can then encourage to engage with disaffected youth, by promoting economic and social activity”.
“The infrastructure for this exists and needs to be activated. The state has its own bank, the J&K Bank, which can design projects to engage qualified young persons, of whom there are many, in investment thus generating employment,” he said.
He also called upon the government to address the issue of Pakistan at the earliest. “It will be strengthened in doing this if it can marshal the support of the Kashmiris in this,” he said.
Attacks on Kashmiris: Omar, Mehbooba appeal for calm
Srinagar, Feb 18: In a joint appeal, Jammu and Kashmir National Conference vice president Omar Abdullah and People’s Democratic Party president Mehbooba Mufti on Monday expressed dismay over attacks on Kashmiris across the country and urged the government of India (GoI) to ensure the safety and security of Kashmiris everywhere.
The two former chief ministers underscored the need to maintain communal harmony across the country. In their appeal, the leaders asserted that by attacking, terrorizing, intimidating Kashmiris, the youngsters of Kashmir are implicitly being told that they have no future outside of the valley.
“Intimidating Kashmiris is aimed at creating a wedge between different communities in India. We should not allow the terror to divide us. By using such incidents to divide us, we fall into the trap of those behind the attack on CRPF soldiers; we are wittingly or unwittingly playing to the tunes of our enemies,” Mehbooba & Omar said.
The leaders asserted that attacking innocent people because of their ethnicity or religion, is no way to honour the sacrifice of the CRPF men. “Kashmiri Muslims or the Muslims of Jammu didn’t attack our CRPF Jawans the other day, terrorists did. This violence is a convenient tool by some to shift the blame. Let us unite against terror, let’s not allow terror to divide us,” they said.
The two former CMs maintained it was tragic to see educated and civilized people spearheading vicious propaganda to paint Kashmiris and terrorists with the same brush. “The thought behind such attacks is to divide us. Our pain must not fuel such diabolical plans because eventually the axe forgets and the tree remembers,” they said.
Expressing dismay over the continuous rhetoric being used against Kashmiris the leaders said, “No mainstream political party will condone terrorism. The ferocity of the rhetoric by certain media channels is also dangerous. They churn lies, hatred and divisive agenda by berating the national interests.”
The leaders while expressing concern over the reports of violence, and arson in Jammu described the happenings as worrying. Both the leaders urged the political dispensation and civil society of Jammu to ensure that cooler heads prevail.
The leaders made an earnest appeal to the GOI to ensure the directions issued to all state governments to ensure safety and security of Kashmiris are implemented. “It doesn’t augur well for a democratic country like India to hound its own people in its response to the heinous attack on our forces. Hounding innocent Kashmiris will indisputably disenchant them; the humiliation, suspicion, isolation will push innocent Kashmiris to the wall.
“As a country we need to stand together in this hour of grief and sorrow and not allow forces inimical to unity in our country to find any space” Mehbooba and Omar together appealed.
Defeat attempts of provocation, maintain traditional amity: Congress appeals people
Jammu, Feb 18: A meeting of Senior Leaders of J&K Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) was held at Jammu to take stock of the current situation in the wake of the suicide attack on the CRPF convoy in Pulwama.
The meeting was presided over JKPCC President G.A. Mir and attended by several senior leaders included former MP, former minister, former legislators and senior functionaries of the party.
The meeting observed two minute silence in memory of all those martyred in the recent attacks including the four army personnel in the encounter at Pulwama today.
The meeting expressed great shock over the loss of precious lives and conveyed deep sympathies with the families of the Martyrs and prayed for the early recovery of the injured. The meeting commended the Security Forces who are fighting and eliminating the terrorists least caring for their lives in order to defend Nation and its citizens.
The meeting reviewed overall scenario in the state and elsewhere in the country following the anger of the Nation over the biggest ever attack on Security forces in the State, which resulted into huge loss of precious lives.
The meeting reiterated the resolve of the Nation to unitedly fight against the terror which is threat to the peace, unity and integrity of the Country.
The meeting felt that the need of the hour is to maintain peace, unity and religious brotherhood at all costs and defeat the nefarious designs of the enemies of our Nation and not to allow such designs to succeed in any manner.
The meeting further said that people should defeat any such attempts of provocation to disturb the traditional amity and brotherhood in Jammu region and elsewhere in the Country. The meeting also extended full cooperation to the Governor’s Administration to maintain peace and normalcy and also appealed all sections of the Society to extend full Cooperation to the law enforcing agencies to ensure peace and communal harmony, so that the security forces carry out their anti-militancy operations to fight and eliminate the menace of terror.
Expressing grave concern over the increasing incidents of Militancy and attack on our Forces both within and on the Borders in the recent past the Party asked the Centre Govt to take more effective and befitting measures to counter Pak sponsored terrorism at all fronts, so as to ensure safety an security of the citizens and our brave soldiers.