Malik reminds Delhi of Nehru’s pledge

GAWKADAL MASSACRE

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Jan 21: Days after National Conference (NC) General Secretary Sheikh Nazir reminded the Centre about late Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru’s promise of holding plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir, JKLF chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Monday joined the chorus asking New Delhi to fulfill the promise made by its first Prime Minister at Lal Chowk here.
Addressing a gathering at Basant Bagh here on the 23rd anniversary of Gawkadal massacre, JKLF chairman while quoting Nehru’s speech at Lal Chowk said: “Kashmiris are not a commodity who can be sold or bought. If they choose to remain independent, I will accept the reality, thought it would hurt me.”
“But when we demand the same right, we are being killed, detained and slapped with life-imprisonments. New Delhi should immediately give us the right promised by tallest leader of India,” Malik said.
“India would celebrate its Republic Day on January 26 as the world’s largest democracy but the country has failed to give democratic rights to the people of Kashmir,” he said.
Malik also appealed people to observe complete shutdown on January 26 to convey to the Government of India that people of Kashmir would never forget the sacrifices offered by their brethren for a cause.
JKLF chief said entire Indian nation has not witnessed any massacre expect the one at Jallianwalla Bagh. “When it comes to Kashmir, every town, every locality has witnessed massacres. With the result, graveyards are full of martyrs,” Malik said.
He said on January 21, 1990, at least 50 people were killed when forces opened fire on a peaceful procession. “We will not allow the mission of martyrs to die. We have taken a pledge that JKLF will take their cause to its logical conclusion,” he said.
Malik said JKLF has already announced 48-hour hunger strike at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi against the life-sentences awarded to Kashmiris. “We will not hesitate to go on an indefinite fast if life sentences slapped on Kashmiris continue to remain in place,” he said.
He reiterated that it was after the assurances given by the civil society of India, United States, and European Union, that JKLF declared unilateral ceasefire in 1994. “We were promised space for the non-violent struggle. But all assurances proved to be a hoax,” Malik said. He said it is high time for the civil society of India to fulfill its commitment made in 1994.
Speaking on the occasion, JKLF (H) chairman Javaid Ahmed Mir said the mission of martyrs would be taken to its logical conclusion. “The Kashmir movement was given a new lease of life in 1988 when young boys picked up the gun with an aim to liberate Kashmir. The movement received overwhelming support from every citizen. There is no question of surrendering. We will continue to strive till the goal is achieved,” he said.
Later the JKLF chairman led a peaceful procession from Maisuma to the massacre site at Gawkadal where 50 persons had fallen to the bullets of forces on the same day in 1990. He offered special prayers for all those killed there 23 years ago.

Lastupdate on : Mon, 21 Jan 2013 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Mon, 21 Jan 2013 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Tue, 22 Jan 2013 00:00:00 IST




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