Salahuddin skeptical about Hurriyat (M) Pakistan visit
Asks Separatists To Frame Common Strategy
Srinagar, Dec 2: Terming the framing of a common strategy by the resistance leadership as a need of the hour, United Jihad Council Chairman Syed Salahuddin on Sunday said the upcoming visit of a Hurriyat (M) delegation to Pakistan would not be fruitful in absence of a consensus among the separatists.
“Unless and until the two factions of the Hurriyat Conference along with the other resistance leaders devise a mutual programme and a common strategy after reaching a consensus, their Pakistan visit is not going to be beneficial,” said Salahuddin in a telephonic interview with KNS.
“If they have a common policy and speak in one voice, then only will their visits and interactions with Pakistani leadership be meaningful and decisive. Even if they remain in separate forums, a joint programme and common strategy will give weight to their voice”, he said.
“However, since the Hurriyat has been invited to Pakistan, it is their right to decide on visiting the country and accepting the invitation. Whoever visits Pakistan and in whatever number, the visit should not be a mere photo opportunity,” he added.
Salahuddin asked the civil society including Bar Association, Ulema to play their role in motivating the separatist leadership to devise a common strategy for taking the ongoing movement to its logical end.
“Consensus among resistance leadership was a precondition for them to be able to convince India, Pakistan and international community on their view point,” he said.
On the ongoing election process for the four Legislative Council seats in the state, Salahuddin accused India of wrongly projecting elections in the state “as expression of will” by people and appealed Panchs and Sarpanchs to stay away from the process.
“For the sake of sacrifices offered by more than five lakh Kashmiris, if the Panchs and Sarpanchs have a conscience or have even one bit of sympathy for the Kashmir movement, they should stay away from anti-movement activities”, said the UJC Chief.
“Although they project them (Panchayat members) and the elections as non-political, but on the other hand Indian Prime Minister and Foreign Minister equate them with a referendum in favour of India. Local pro-India political parties are cheating the Panchs and Sarpanchs and pushing them toward treachery with their people, however, they should decide for themselves and stay away from elections”, he added.
Salahuddin maintained that Kashmiris would uphold their centuries old tradition of hospitality and always welcome the Amarnath yatris. However he minced no words in terming construction of concrete road leading to the Amarnath cave and development of infrastructure as an effort to harm the “Muslim-majority-character” of the Jammu and Kashmir.
“We are neither against Yatra nor against the Yatris and Kashmiris have proven this over so many years. The leadership, civil society and common people in Kashmir should start a united struggle against the government’s move to build roads and setting up infrastructure. The directions to lay tiles on the Amarnath track will finally lead to building hotels, guest houses, hospitals and a macadamized road along the route,’ he said.
“The aim of such an exercise is to alter the demography of the state. Kashmiris are being projected as communal outside while as fact is that there has not even been one communal clash in the entire history of Kashmir as against many programs of Muslims in rest of India, not even a single non-Muslim brother was harmed in Kashmir,” he maintained.
Asserting that militant struggle was an indispensable part of the movement, Salahuddin exhorted upon the separatist leaders to “stop needlessly repeating the mantra of peaceful struggle time and again”.
“With great humility, I request the Hurriyat leadership and other separatist leaders to stop repeating the term peaceful struggle needlessly. They know history better than me and I would want to know which forcible control ended by a mere peaceful struggle. They (separatists) should not give people a false hope that the forces concentration will end through a peaceful struggle. As is evident from Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam, militaries in the past have only left countries through armed struggles,” Salahuddin stressed.
“Forces concentration doesn’t end merely through political struggle, conferences or seminars. The political leadership has been fighting on political and diplomatic fronts, however, they should not dissuade youth from the armed struggle. They should leave the armed struggle to the youth and hold their fort on political front”, the UJC chairman said.
“New Delhi is strengthening its forces concentration in the state by upgrading rail, road and communication networks apart from illegally encroaching agricultural and horticultural land including tourist resorts,” he said.
Salahuddin cautioned the state and central governments against hanging of parliament attack convict Afzal Guru saying “it would cost them dearly”.
“Like lakhs of Maqbools were born after hanging of Shaheed Maqbool Bhat, thousands of Afzals would be born if they repeated the mistake”, he added.
Expressing serious concern over the plight of Kashmiri detainees in various jails in and outside the state, Salahuddin accused the authorities of providing unhealthy, unhygienic and sub-standard food to the jailed leaders and activists to what he said harm their lives. “They are being deprived of medical aid and other basic amenities in jails”, he said while appealing people especially leadership, Bar Associations and human rights organizations to come to rescue of the detainees.
He termed the repeated slapping of Public Safety Act against Masrat Alam Bhat and decision of life-long detention of Dr Qasim Faktoo as atrocious.
He termed the civil society as the driving force behind any struggle. “Taking the civil society into confidence was in the interest of the ongoing struggle. People are the real power which decides the fate of movements. Whether the leadership goes to Pakistan, India or remains active in Kashmir, evolving a consensus after due consultations with opinionated people is in the interest of the movement. There is no harm in consultations with people or the civil society at any stage”. KNS
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