Forces killing innocents: Swami Agnivesh
Srinagar, Aug 31: The Indian Civil Society o Tuesday said that forces were killing innocent people in Kashmir for demanding their inalienable right to self determination.
“India has to stop violence in Kashmir for creating conducive atmosphere for dialogue and amicable resolution of the Kashmir issue,” Swami told reporters here after he and other members of Indian Civil Society staged a sit-in at Sheri-Kashmir Park here. Those who participated in the sit-in included Admiral (Retd) L Ramdas, Mohini Giri, Dominic Emmaneul, Mazhar Hussain, Nusrat Andrabi, Tasnim Akhtar and former Chairman of Public Service Commission Muhammad Shafi Pandit
“Prime Minister is claiming from Red Fort that government of India is open for dialogue while on the other hand unabated violence is continuing against innocent Kashmiris. They have to stop violence and demilitarize Kashmir. In this atmosphere dialogue cannot take place,” he said. “It seems a conspiracy has been hatched to carry out the systematic genocide of Kashmiris. Innocent killings have to stop.”
"I urge Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to initiate unconditional talks with all stakeholders to end this bloodshed in Kashmir," he added.
Agnivesh said that he was shocked to see that there is no government in Kashmir. “Is anybody the Chief Minister of this state?” he asked.
Lashing out at New Delhi for labeling Kashmiris as terrorists and Pakistani agents he said, “We will reveal the dirty politics and the deep rooted conspiracy hatched against Kashmiris before the people of India, Indian media and Civil Society,” he said. “We will tell them whatever is happening in Kashmir is not good. Youth need love not bullets. We need to understand that freedom is inalienable human right and government can not muzzle voices of Kashmiris by force.”
He said that Kashmiris were facing extreme suppression and coercion.
Agnivesh said he did not like the name separatists for pro-freedom leaders. “Media has given the name. But I feel it is not the right name for them,” he said.
He expressed concern over the disinformation campaign against Kashmiris. “It was heartbreaking to learn from some media organizations that Kashmiri Sikhs were asked to convert the religion by their Muslim brethren. Even propaganda was launched by several media organizations that Lashkar-e-Toiba is financing stone pelters,” he said.
Agnivesh said to go on strike is the right of Kashmiris but he expressed concern over indefinite closure of schools and colleges. “Students should attend educational institutions but as a mark of protest they cab wear black bands. We wish education system and health system should not suffer,” he said.
The ICS delegation later met members of Kashmir Civil Society here. The KCS apprised them about the cause of uprising. One of the KCS members requested them to ask chief minister, Omar Abdullah if he could resign on moral grounds. “When opposition party alleged that he was involved in sex scandal he promptly offered his resignation. It is amazing that despite killing of 65 persons, Omar continues to hold his chair,” the KCS member told the visiting delegation.
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