Separatist discourse digressing towards governance: Malik

‘Struggle Losing Steam As It Is Orphaned’


Srinagar, Dec 30: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik Sunday said that Kashmir struggle is “feeling orphaned” as the discourse in the separatist camp is being diverted towards issues of governance.
 Addressing a seminar on “Prisoners of Kashmir and our responsibilities” organized by JKLF in remembrance of late Prof Abdul Ahad Wani, Malik said Prof Wani was great intellectual and a God-gifted personality. “Prof Wani has not received praises from people of India or J&K but even a United Nations Military General too admired him for having great vision,” said Malik.
 He said the Kashmir struggle was feeling orphaned at this juncture. “We feel the freedom struggle has lost its steam. Ironically, the discourse set by the movement is being shifted towards issues of good-governance,” the JKLF chairman said. “This is happening at a time when Kashmir has crossed one lakh sacrifices mark. An impression is going to New Delhi that Kashmiris have accepted the defeat psychologically. There is a dire need of pondering over the issue so that the struggle is taken to its logical conclusion.”
 Malik said the job of a writer should be to put truth before the people. “The job of intellectuals is to give voice to the voiceless. They should write about how innocent people of Kashmir were showered with bullets in 2010. Those killed were non-combatants,” he said.
 JKLF chief said India too has “better writers”, who write in defense of their people. “Kashmiri people suffered on all fronts over the past 20-years. A man from outside the state is asking a state-subject of Kashmir to come out of the bus and to show identity. What can be more ironic than this,” he said. “We have been forced to live a life full of disgrace and disrespect.”
 He said the movement that doesn’t have a support from the intellectuals is “labeled as terrorism.”
 Speaking on the occasion, JKLF (H) chairman Javaid Ahmed Mir said no person can be allowed to hijack the issue of release of prisoners. “The movement belongs to nobody. It belongs to those who have offered sacrifices. There is a need for collective approach to seek the release of all prisoners, especially those slapped with life-sentences,” he said. “This is high time that the intellectuals of the valley should follow the footsteps of late Prof Wani so that a movement receives a support through columns and articles as well,” Mir said.

 Speaking on the occasion, chairman All Parties Sikh Coordination Committee (APSCC) Jagmohan Singh Raina Sunday said following collective effort by members of the minority and majority community, Kashmir has already got its “indigenous identity recognized.”
 Raina said it was due to the collective effort of Muslims, Sikhs and other communities that Kashmir’s identity has been restored. “Now we need another collective approach that should not be based on emotions but on a well thought-out strategy,” he said.
 He said Sikh leaders have been playing their role in Kashmir’s development from the very outset. “Sikh leaders were part of historic steps like land to tiller and many other developmental schemes regarding Kashmir,” Raina said.
 Paying rich tributes to late Prof Abdul Ahad Wani, Raina said Wani was a great visionary. “I was a student of late Wani. Kashmir has produced great scholars and intellectuals and late Wani was one among them,” Raina said. “Late Wani had a great hold on international laws and laws of State and India.”
 The seminar was presided over by scholar Dr Sheikh Muhammad Iqbal in the first session and by Professor Sheikh Showkat Hussain in the second half.
 Others who spoke on the occasion include Muslim Conference Chairman Shabir Ahmad Dar, Chairman of Tehreek-e-Mazahamat Bilal Ahmed Siddiqui, Chairman of the Islamic political party Muhammad Yousuf Naqash, senior journalist Riyaz Masroor, renowned physician, Dr Altaf Hussain, writer Abdul Majid Zargar, Ghulam Ali Gulzar, Poet Prof Rehman Rahi, writer Z G Muhammad, writer Dr Javed Iqbal, Advocate Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Prof Noor Bilal, Columnist Ajaz-ul-Haq, Advocate Zahid Ali of Jamat-e-Islami, Bashir Ahmed Mir of Jamiat Hamdaniyah, Advocate Fayaz Ahmad Sodagar of Freedom Party, Moulana Khursheed Qanongo, Bashir Siddique and Advocate G N Shaheen. Seminar was also addressed by Jenab Sarir Ahmad Fazili of Kashmir American Council from USA on phone. Many prominent people including journalists, and writers were also present on the occasion. APDP chairperson Perveena Ahanger was also present in the seminar.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 30 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 31 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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