SRINAGAR: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief Friday said that the “dictatorial” way in which “Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stooges are suppressing our peaceful freedom struggle and repressive measures unleashed against revolutionary Kashmir youth, ranging from torture to cruel, inhuman and degrading treatment is only promoting violence”.
“The so-called chief minister who has selectively invoked Islam to criticize the recent armed attacks in Kashmir cannot fool pro-Azadi and politically mature people of Kashmir who are very much aware of the fact that Mehbooba Mufti as the Head of India’s Unified Command Council in Kashmir, oversees all military and paramilitary Indian armed forces in Kashmir who have slaughtered Kashmiri civilians in thousands, particularly during the years of 1990, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011,” he said addressing a gathering at Chrar-i-Sharief in central Kashmir early this afternoon.
“When Kashmiri youth are shot dead or tortured by forces of Indian colonialism, Mehbooba Mufti, the civilian façade of India’s military occupation in Kashmir and servant of a Hindu nationalist government, conveniently chooses to forget Islamic ethics,” he said.
“The people of Jammu Kashmir will not remain silent on harassment of Muslims in Jammu division, conspiratorial designs to alter the demography of Kashmir and change the Muslim majority character of Jammu Kashmir, promote religious discord and intolerance by constructing walls of hatred for Kashmiri pundits, planned establishment of colonies for Ex-soldiers in Kashmir, hideous plan to implement a colonial industrial policy, and threats from the puppet Chief Minister to the Ulema and religious scholars of Jammu Kashmir,” the JKLF chief added.
The mass protest was jointly organized by Hurriyat Conference (g&m) and JKLF which was attended by thousands of people, who raised slogans in favour of liberation of Kashmir and Palestine, the JKLF statement said.
“Unity of the Kashmiri nation is the need of the hour and critical to stop the Machiavellian plots of India and its Kashmiri stooges. Unless and until India rolls back these colonial policies, joint protests by pro-independence organizations would continue. India and its puppets in Kashmir who swear by liberal democracy continue to imprison and torture Kashmiris, cripple dissent and promote a culture of violence.
Like 1987-88, history is being repeated today in Kashmir when unarmed and protesting Kashmiri youth and their relatives are being relentlessly harassed, humiliated and tortured and a new generation is being forced to pick up arms. When you have an ugly occupation, you cannot expect a beautiful resistance. Yet Kashmiri nation’s humanism remains alive,” Yasin Malik said.
The statement said, “Yasin Malik dared the puppet rulers to explain to the Kashmiri masses as to which religion, democratic or legal principles sanctioned the killings of thousands of Kashmiri youth from 1947 to the present, particularly in the 1990s and as recently as 2008,2009,2010 and 2011. Mehbooba Mufti, who has recently started to invoke Islam selectively, needs to answer the Kashmiri masses as to how is her government’s policy to promote liquor and her refusal to ban the mother of many evils in consonance with Islamic tenets. When Hindu majority Indian States ban liquor it is treated as a will of the democratic majority and read as secular. By contrast, if Muslim majority Kashmir seeks a ban on liquor it is branded as a reflection of Islamic fundamentalism.”
“Islam values compassion, tolerance, humanism and justice, and urges us to fight injustice in any form. It is the Islamic ethos of Kashmir that is reflected in inter-communal harmony in Kashmir. Islam teaches us to respect and protect religious minorities, their places of worship or the weak. In Jammu region, Muslims are being persecuted by Hindu chauvinists and forced to eat cow dung. In order to appease her Hindu nationalist overlords, the puppet Chief Minister is mum on the persecution of Jammu Muslims. Mehbooba Mufti’s constant and vile attacks against our Ulema and religious scholars tantamount to a direct interference in the religious affairs of Kashmiri Muslims and no Kashmiri Muslim will tolerate such unwanted intrusion in her or his religious affairs,” he said.
In the joint protest organized, a joint resolution was read out in front of the masses, which was endorsed by everyone present, the statement said.