‘NC, PDP Want To Perpetuate Indian Hold On Kashmir’

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 SRINAGAR: Denouncing New Delhi over the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru, the chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, on Friday lambasted “decisions and resolutions” of the Jammu and Kashmir assembly as “inimical to the collective interest of Kashmiris,” and dared the state government to try and silence the Jamia Masjid pulpit.

In a fiery Friday sermon at his first public appearance at Kashmir’s central mosque since Guru’s execution, the Mirwaiz, who had been under house arrest for over one-and-a-half-months, attacked Kashmir’s mainstream parties as exploiters of the Kashmiri people “with the one-point agenda of perpetuating Indian hold on the state.”  

“In the dead of the night on February 9, when all values of humanity and justice were ruthlessly trampled by sending Muhammad Afzal Guru to the gallows, the only message Indian rulers sent to the international community was that they could go to any extent on the basis of their power and might,” the Mirwiaz said at the Jamia Masjid where Friday prayers were not held for five consecutive weeks after Guru’s execution due to curfew and curbs.

“This inhuman act has exposed the real face of Indian democracy and justice before the world,” he said.

“Indian rulers must bear in mind that the people of Kashmir will not be cowed down by suppression, curbs, arrests and execution of innocent compatriots,” he said.

“The people of Kashmir will never forget the oppression and atrocity inflicted on them,” he said.

“The hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru was a political execution. It was a negation of all norms of justice, humanity and conscience. It was a brutal murder of Kashmiri sentiments and emotions,” he said.

“And when Kashmiris demanded the mortal remains of Muhammad Afzal Guru, they were answered with curfew, arrests, and curbs even on Friday prayers,” he said.

“This policy of coercion will not make the people of Kashmir relinquish their birthright of freedom,” he said. “The peaceful approach of the Kashmiri people must be mistaken as weakness.”

“The movement in Kashmir does not belong to any one individual, group, or party. It is a struggle of the masses in which all sections of all regions of the state have offered sacrifice, All Kashmiri martyrs, including Muhammad Afzal Guru, have given new life and strength to this movement,” he said.

“Pro-India parties sitting in the assembly have always exploited the sentiments of the masses, and their only agenda is to perpetuate the Indian hold on Kashmir,” he said.

“All decisions and resolutions passed in this assembly since 1947 have been inimical to the collective interest of Kashmiris, leading to their emotional and political exploitation,” he said.

“The stage and pulpit of the Jamai Masjid has always spoken for the legitimate right of the Kashmiri people, and it will continue to do so,” he said.

“I warn all imperialist forces that coercion and suppression will not silence the Jamia Masjid minbar,” he said.

“Our peaceful struggle will continue till the Kashmir issue is resolved in accordance with the wishes and the aspirations of the Kashmiri people,” he said.

“Indian rulers should forthwith release all detained leaders and youth, and end its policy of suppressing Kashmiris with draconian laws,” he said.

“By continuing their struggle even when their leaders were under house arrest and detention, the people of Kashmir have proved to New Delhi that it cannot stop them from carrying the movement forward,” he said.

The Mirwaiz urged people to strictly abide by the programmes of the leadership, and display courage and fortitude.

After Friday prayers, the Hurriyat (M) chairman led a procession from the Jamia Masjid to the Mirwaiz Manzil in Rajouri Kadal.  

 

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