Attacks on AAP Evoke Condemnation in Kashmir

BJP, rightwing parties should initiate debate on Kashmir: Mirwaiz

SRINAGAR: The attack on Aam Admi Party headquarters in Delhi on Wednesday evoked a strong reaction in Kashmir with several leaders here asking right wing parties to initiate a debate on Kashmir instead of resorting to ‘hooliganism’.

Kashmir Council For Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS), a civil society initiative, while condemning the attacks on AAP headquarters Wednesday stated that it looks like that every Indian has give free hand to the forces here to inflict terror on the people of Kashmir.

Senor member KCDS, Shakeel Qalandar said that the voices in India who express concern over the human rights violations in Kashmir are being forcibly silenced under the grab of national interest and the silence of the people of the country over such tyranny was questionable.

“Mr Prashant Bushan said nothing that could harm the national interest of India. He only said that the rights abuses in Kashmir must be looked into but the way he was treated vindicates that every Indian seems unmoved by the agonies of the people of Kashmir. ” 

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) in his reaction asked the BJP and other rightwing parties to initiate a debate on Kashmir issue.

“The attacks on AAP leaders and its headquarter in Delhi is unfortunate. These attacks have deflated Indian claims of being a tolerant, secular and a democratic country,” said Mirwaiz.

He said these attacks are not something new to the separatists in Kashmir as whenever they tried to highlight the Kashmir issue outside Jammu and Kashmir, they faced the same reaction everywhere. “What is shocking is that rightwing parties want to close their eyes when it comes to Kashmir. This is vindicated by the   attacks being carried out on any Indian who tries to express his personal opinion on Kashmir.”

Mirwaiz further said that rightwing parties in India want to browbeat the saner voices who give vent to their feelings on Kashmir. “But let me make it clear to these rightwing parties, including BJP that brow beating will not stop us seeking settlement of Kashmir issue.  Instead I want these rightwing parties to initiate a debate on Kashmir by which they can freely put forward their viewpoint. It hardly matters if you don’t agree with a particular viewpoint,” the Mirwaiz observed.   

Shabir Ahmad Shah, senior Hurriyat Conference leader said that India’s claims of being a secular and democratic country have been deflated by the attacks being carried out on AAP for Prashant Bhushan’s remarks on referendum in Kashmir.  

“The attacks being carried out by the right wing nationalists do it for their vote bank politics.  But one wonders, why India which claims of being a thorough secular and democratic country cannot digest few words of Prashant Bhsuhan, Arundhati Roy or Gautum Navlkaha. This way, one can understand that India is heading towards extremism and intolerance, he said. 

“If Bhushan, Roy or Navlakha despite being Indians to the core can face the wrath for expressing their viewpoint, what must be happening with Kashmiris? People of India can understand this reality,” Shah observed.

However, for Hurriyat Conference (G), attack on AAP office and leaders was insignificant.

Ayaz Akbar, chief spokesman of Hurriyat (G) told KNS that AAP has double standards on Kashmir issue. “All political parties in India are alike when it comes to Kashmir.” “Earlier Mr Bushan termed Kashmir as a disputed territory and after acquiring power he has said Kashmir was India’s integral part. Why should we waste time in commenting over these attacks which are being carried out by fascists in India,” Akbar said.

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