SRINAGAR: Hurriyat patriarch Syed Ali Geelani on Thursday ridiculed the statement of Indian army chief saying that the statement has proved the “stale thinking of the ‘General’ and illustrates that his thinking is unfair and lacks political maturity”.

General Bipin Rawat, the chief of Indian army, on Wednesday in a warning said that people who come to rescue of militants during gunfights in Valley will be treated as over ground workers of militants.

“People exhibit their extreme valour and without any fear even face tough and dangerous situations,” Geelani said in a statement

“It is clear indication that whole nation is against the occupation and should have served an alarm for Indian rulers that movement is not confined to a few but whole nation is determined to offer their serves for cherished goal,” said Geelani in a statement.

Terming the statement a threat to carry killing spree of civilians, Geelani said, “since 1947, India is carrying these bloodbaths.” “They want to strengthen their forced occupation and even won’t hesitate to kill each soul for this purpose,” said Syed Ali Geelani.

“Their arrogance and stale thinking is the basic reason for continuous bloodshed and political uncertainty in state. People of state and particularly the youth are up against this hegemony and suppression,” he added.

Reflection Of Tyrannical Mindset: Mirwaiz

Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Thursday said the “threat” issued by General Bipin Rawat to the people of Kashmir is “unfortunate and reflects a tyrannical mindset towards the people of Kashmir”.

“The army chief needs to ask the Executive of his country as to why is the institution of army being used by them to crush a mass political movement of people demanding their political right and why do people at the obvious risk to their lives gather? Only because they see them as freedom fighters pushed by the arrogance of Indian state which is not willing to address the Kashmir dispute politically and pushing educated youth towards armed resistance,” he said in a statement.

Mirwaiz said before labelling Kashmiris as “anti-nationals”, “General Rawat should realize that Kashmiri nation was not fighting any nation or any political party but striving for its just rights which the Indian state had dealt with by killing tens and thousands of Kashmiris, subjecting over ten thousand people to enforced disappearances, burying thousands in unmarked graves, damaging property worth billions of dollars, harassing people, torturing youth with third degree in interrogation centres, oppression and suppression, arrests and detentions, restrictions, custodial killings and even sending people to gallows in fake cases”.

The Hurriyat Conference (M) said, “instead of reining in his trigger-happy, unbridled, arrogant forces, people were being threatened to face the consequences of staging peaceful protests, which would deteriorate the already worse situation.”

“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 of war but by involving all parties to Kashmir dispute in a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process, which could also help end political uncertainty in entire South Asia,” he added.

It Will Push Youth Towards Armed Struggle: Malik

Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairperson, Muhammad Yasin Malik, on Thursday said, General Bipin Rawat’s statement is a “direct threat to the Kashmiri nation”.

In a press statement by JKLF, Malik said, “threats and intimidations cannot break the will of nations that have resolved to break the shackles of illegal occupation.”

Terming Bipin’s statement as ‘absurd’, Malik added, “issuing such statements has shown his anti-human attitude and lack of political wisdom.”

Malik termed the Army chief’s statement as “an open invitation to many (youths) for picking up arms”. “India’s army chief must realize that he cannot scare a nation that has sacrificed more than a hundred thousand of its men, women, youth and children during the on-going resistance movement.”

“What army chief has said may add to the miseries of Kashmiris but it will also push many youth to the wall and drive them towards arms struggle and hence promote violence in this region,” he said.

Threats Won’t Stop Us: DeM

Reacting to the India’s Army chief statement, Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM), on Thursday said that the Indian army has “already unleashed itself on the innocent population of Kashmir”.

“Whom is the army chief threatening,” Secretary General of DeM Nahida Nasreen asked, “we all, including our kids, are the over ground workers of Mujahideen.”

She said that Indian army has been using force since 1947 and “are again threatening us with the same”.

“We are ready to sacrifice ourselves for Mujahideen and will continue to gather around the encounter sites and help our Mujahideen escape from the clutches of occupiers at the cast of our lives because they are our saviours,” she added.

“She said it is a lesson to India and its army that we all are with Tehreek and are its OGWs,” she said, “the threats won’t stop us from pursuing our dreams.”