Pak deplores attack
Sardar Attique, Geelani, Malik Others Condemn Assault
GK NEWS NETWORK
Srinagar, Nov 25: The Government of Pakistan and political organizations of Valley have strongly condemned the assault on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, terming it frustration of communal organizations.
Pakistan Foreign Office spokesman, Abdul Basit, while denouncing the assault on Mirwaiz, said that Kashmiris were engaged in a peaceful political struggle for right to self-determination.
The spokesman said this while responding to a query during a weekly press briefing in Islamabad on Thursday. He was of the view that India should realize the ground reality that it would not be able to suppress Kashmiris call for right to self-determination. He said that Indians fully knew that the resolution of Kashmir dispute was a guarantee to peace in the region.
He maintained that India has no clear-cut approach, as its policy towards Pakistan was full of ambiguity. “So far as the resolution of long-standing Kashmir dispute was concerned, the statements of Indian leadership were devoid of substance and political will,” he said.
The Pakistani Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Qamar Zaman Kaira, also deplored the assault and said that the act was undemocratic and uncalled for. Talking to a state-run news channel, Kaira said that Kashmiris’ movement was purely a peaceful and non-violent struggle, but India was unfortunately hell bent on pushing this peaceful political movement towards violence.
The convener of APHC-M Pak chapter Mehmood Ahmed Saghar condemned the attack and termed it as an act against the democratic norm of freedom of expression.
He said that assault on Hurriyat leaders was a deep-rooted conspiracy being hatched by the secret agencies. He pointed out that there were hidden forces who have been smartly stage-managing such attacks in order to disrupt communal-harmony in Kashmir.
Pakistan Administered Kashmir Premier Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan has strongly denounced the attack saying that the attack was undemocratic, unjustified and uncalled for.
In a statement issued here today, Khan said that such act would not deter Hurriyat leadership from pursing their collective cause. He said that the assault on Hurriyat Chairman has exposed the face of India’s so-called pluralistic society.
Condemning the attack, the chairman of Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front Muhammad Yasin Malik termed it the handiwork of agencies.
“The attack on leaders by some fringe communalists belied all the claims of Indian democracy. These goons have been subjecting the pro-movement Kashmiri leaders to their attack and humiliating treatment for the past 20 years. Earlier Shaheed Khawaja Abdul Gani Lone, Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Shabir Ahmad Shah were subjected to attack and indecent behaviour by these hoodlums who under the cover of migration were living five-star level life in Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore and other big cities of India. They are the people who create hurdles in the return of common Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir. They know that their return to Kashmir will deprive them of five-star lifestyle,” he said.
Hurriyat Conference (M), while condemning the attack, said the paid-agents and hooligans of agencies tried to misbehave with Mirwaiz to stop him from reaching out to the Indian people.
Terming the incident as unfortunate, the spokesman said that the vile tactics wouldn’t stop pro-freedom leadership from reaching out to the India people.
The spokesman said that Hurriyat Conference salutes the people of Kashmir for protesting against the act.
Senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader Shahid-ul-Islam, while condemning the attack termed it as a part of the well planned conspiracy.
“During past one year pro-freedom leaders Muhammed Yasin Malik, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Shabir Shah and now Mirwaiz Umar Farooq were assaulted by these fanatic elements and it seems part of conspiracy to keep Kashmiri leadership away from telling reality to the people of India,” he said.
Jammu and Kashmir Peoples Conference, Bilal faction, while condemning the attack, said such cowardly acts by the extremists could not deter the Kashmiri leaders from speaking the truth and highlighting the need for resolution of Kashmir issue.
Condemning the assault, the Tehreek-e-Hurriyat Jammu Kashmir led by Geelani said the assault on Mirwaiz and Bilal Gani Lone had proved it that Indian communalists did not want that Kashmiri pro-movement leaders should talk about Kashmir issue outside Valley.
The Hurriyat Conference (G) has also condemned the attack, saying that it had become a routine now for Hindu goons to attack Kashmiri pro-freedom leaders.
The chairman of Islamic Political Party Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, while condemning the assault, said the communal parties of India were always doing such cowardice acts. “The government of India neither takes a note of it nor punishes them which depicts that it is hand in glove with these extremist parties,” he said.
The Muslim Khwateen Markaz leader Zamrooda Habib also deplored the assault.
The Peoples Conference chairman Sajjad Gani Lone has also condemned the attack, saying, “This is barbaric and there is no place for such acts in the civilized society,” he said.
The Awami National Conference senior vice-president Muzaffar Shah said in a civilized society and a democratic set up such acts are highly condemnable and all opinions must be heard and debated, as dialogue is the only way out.
Castigating the Union Territory government of Chandigarh, Shah said it was their prime duty to prevent such dastardly acts and ensure safety of all the participants of the seminar.
The All Party Sikh Coordination Committee has also condemned the assault saying, “The culprits involved in the incident should be dealt sternly.”
Kashmiri Pandit Sangarash Samiti (KPSS) has condemned the act committed by some right wing groups in Chandhigarh under the KP banner to widen the gap between Kashmiri communities.
In a statement Sanjay K Tickoo, president of KPSS, said the role of UT government and the organizers should also be put under scanner who allowed the people to instigate the situation that can lead to more damage in Kashmir Valley.
“In 2008, during Shri Amarnath land row, when so called Indian mechanism failed to protect the rights and lives of minorities in the Valley from the un-scrupulous elements, it was Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and other Hurriyat leaders who provided sigh of relief to the minorities living in Kashmir by showing concern and sending their cadre to protect the minorities whenever needed,” he said, adding that whatever the political or religious ideologies Syed Ali Shah Geelani or Mirwaiz and other pro freedom leaders belong to, they always extended the helping hand to the minorities in the hour of need.
The Dal Khalsa Amritsar also condemned the attack. In a statement, party head H S Dhami said the assault was planned with the connivance of the state administration to deter the resolve of the Kashmiri leadership in reaching out to Indian civil society to muster the support for their cause.
The National Conference general secretary Advocate Sheikh Nazir Ahmad, while condemning the attack, termed it an undesirable act against the basic principles of democracy.
The Chairman of National Front Nayeem Ahmed Khan while condemning the attack on Mirwaiz said: “Attack on Kashmiri leaders with the latest one on Mirwaiz Umar Farooq demonstrates the growing supremacy of fascists and communal forces in India. This undemocratic and unjust and outrageous attack is highly deplorable and condemnable and intolerable to democratic thought. It shows the tolerance level of communist and fascists forces by the Indian state. It is further a testimony of the fact that Kashmiri voice is choked everywhere.”
Duktharan-e-Milat also condemned the attack on Mirwaiz.
The patron of Jamiat-e-Hamdaniya Mirwaiz Moulana Riyaz Hamdani, while condemning the attack, termed it a sheer demonstration of hooliganism, intolerable in a democratic set up.
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Nov 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 25 Nov 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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