Army Fighting Youth Not Even Trained To Handle Guns: Mirwaiz

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SRINAGAR — Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said army was fighting youth in Kashmir who are not even trained to handle guns. 

Addressing a delegates session of the Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Independent Movement headed by Bilal Lone, at Rajbagh, Mirwaiz said New Delhi should not be irked by his telephonic conversation with Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi as the country is a party to Kashmir dispute. 

“What are they objecting to,” Mirwaiz asked in his address, adding “Pakistan highlighting the human rights violations committed by Indian soldiers in Kashmir irk New Delhi the most.”

“Should the world not know of it? If India cares so much about its image let them walk their talk of being a democracy and resolve the dispute democratically through talks and hold the promised referendum,” Mirwaiz said. 

He said while “on one hand India talks about Kashmiriyat, Insaniyat, and Jamhooriyat but on ground, the fact it that they have unleashed worst ever policy of repression under the garb of CASO wherein everyday our youth are being killed mercilessly.” 

Mirwaiz said that New Delhi’s “stubborn” approach was the biggest hurdle in Kashmir resolution though former prime minister of India late Atal Bihari Vajpayee had talked about dealing with Kashmir within the ambit of Insaniyat with all parties on board.

“But the current Indian PM Narendra Modi has only followed an iron fist military approach to suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir,” he said, adding that people are facing tremendous hardships and it is need of the hour to forge unity on all fronts.

He said that Kashmir struggle is not for any economic package or chair or for any monetary benefits but purely for the right to self determination. 

“A series of steps are being employed to weaken the struggle and the example was before us that our educated youth are being pushed to wall and left with no option other than to pick up arms and resistance leadership caged and even not allowed to mourn the deaths of our youth, our orchards damaged, houses blown up and resistance leaders caged and booked under PSA.”

 He said that legal ploys are also being put to use to change the disputed nature of Kashmir while as military might is used to muzzle the genuine dissent.

Bilal Lone Distances Himself From Brother Sajad’s Pro-India Politics

Bilal Gani Lone has changed name his party’s name to Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Independent Movement  and on Wednesday held its maiden delegates session at the part headquarters of Hurriyat Conference (M) at Rajbagh here. 

Delegates from almost all the districts of Kashmir participated in the session that was presided over by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while as Prof Abdul Gani Bhat and Bilal Lone were also present on the occasion.

Speaking on the occasion, Bilal Lone said that his priority was to carry forward the mission of his father “shaheed-e-Hurriyat Abdul Gani Lone which pursued throughout his life till the last minute of his martyrdom.”

He said that the previous name of his party Peoples Conference had resulted in confusion among the ranks and files of party and that he decided to change the name of his party. The Peoples Conference name would now be exclusively for his brother Sajad Gani Lone who was a minister in previous BJP-PDP government.      

“After consultations with my party workers, zeroed in on the name — JK Peoples Independent Movement,” he said.

Bilal said the party under its new name will strengthen the Hurriyat Conference and the hands of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on all fronts. 

Expressing full faith in the Hurriyat Conference and its leadership, Bilal Lone said to change the name of his party was taken after taking workers into confidence.

He said his affiliation and attachment with the “freedom movement of Kashmir was his father’s legacy and he and his workers will remain steadfast towards the movement as people of Kashmir have offered their priceless sacrifices for the pious goal of right to self determination. To support Hurriyat Conference on all fronts and to protect the mission of martyrs is my ultimate goal.”

Bilal Lone said that Kashmir issue has to be resolved by India and Pakistan bit not without the active participation of people of Kashmir. He urged his party activists to act as the representatives of Hurriyat Conference in their respective districts and to remain steadfast and committed towards the Kashmir cause.

In his address, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat said that Kashmiri people are sacrificing their today for a better tomorrow and time is not far when the dawn of freedom will rise and enlighten entire region.

He said the Hurriyat Conference was representing a great thought and ideology and Kashmiris aren’t worried for themselves only but others also. 

He said war between India and Pakistan wasn’t possible and time is not far when both nations will have to resolve the Kashmir dispute.  

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