‘ENFORCED CALM WON’T LAST LONG’
Srinagar, May 21: Terming the restrictions imposed in old Srinagar on Monday as ‘enforced calm,’ chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq castigated the government for not allowing them to pay tributes to his father Moulana Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone and Hawal massacre victims.
“May 21 is a day of grief for the people as they remember the relentless efforts and sacrifices of their dear leader who was martyred today 22 years ago, and want to express their love and pay their tributes to him at his graveyard in Eidgah. The authorities better understand that the people of Kashmir have internalized the sacrifices rendered by the martyrs and their memory remains etched in the collective consciousness of the nation. No amount of force can alter that,” Mirwaiz said while addressing media at his Nigeen residence.
“But still government house-arrested our executive, general council members, arrested dozens of workers and seized material which was meant for today. I challenge the government to specify any activity of the amalgam in the whole week that could have breached the peace,” he said.
Warning the government Mirwaiz said, “The authorities in power know well that the so called peace is in reality a temporary and superficial enforced calm imposed at the behest of a military and police raj, which can get upset at the slightest, exposing the actual reality of Kashmir. No real peace can prevail and last by imposing bans, restrictions and curbs.”
He also said that only guarantee for peace and prosperity of any nation lies in addressing and implementing the will and aspirations of the people of that nation. “Nothing can deter the people of J&K from getting to that objective. The goal for which the nation has been giving sacrifices will never be forgotten. The movement will be taken to its logical end. I want to make sure to everyone that Hurriyat Conference is custodian of the sacrifices given by the people for the cause.”
In an attempt to play down the controversy created by Prof. Abdul Ghani Bhat over the irrelevance of UN resolutions, Mirwaiz said, “There are only two ways to resolve the Kashmir issue, either through the United Nations resolutions or through tripartite talks between India, Pakistan and leadership of Kashmiris.”
Mirwaiz said that on one hand Chief Minister says that it is a battle of ideas and wits, but on the other hand they are curbing our movement on the dent of force.
“They cannot even file FIRs in the 120 killings without Center’s nod. Ironically they challenge Hurriyat Conference for representation? They represent Delhi, not Kashmiris. These mainstream politicians are involved in the crimes committed by the Indian government. They have actually abetted the crime,” Mirwaiz said.
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