Hitting out at the Education Minister Naeem Akhtar, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Tuesday said that "double faced" people held entire Kashmiri nation hostage for 72 days in 1990.
"In the past 27-years of perpetual strife, literacy rate in the region has shown an increasing trend. Those who claim to be pioneers of human rights have wrecked havoc by breaking all records of killings, and rights violations in the past 115 days of uprising," JKLF chief spokesperson Muhammad Rafiq Dar said in a statement.
"Double faced people like Naeem Akhtar held entire Kashmir hostage for 72 days in 1990 for their own interests. These people should not talk of lengthy strike calls. Statistics show increase in literacy rate after people's revolution of 1990. There is no doubt about the fact that oppressive measures of India and its Kashmiri stooges are pushing our new generation to armed mode of resistance," the statement said.
"Naeem Akhtar's statement is absurd and a clear sign of frustration. Yasin Malik does not need the certificate from "dubious politicians" and the party which claims to be the champions of human rights should go through figures of brutal violation of rights committed during the past 115 days. This party has unleashed state terrorism of worst kind against Kashmiri people. No one can deny the fact that it was India and its Kashmiri stooges who prior to 1988 trampled the youth of J&K and pushed them towards an armed rebellion against forcible control " the statement said.
"No one can even deny that these were the same forces which during peaceful revolutions of 2008, 2009, 2010 tortured youth like martyr Burhan Wani, humiliated their families and left them with no choice but to join armed struggle. Even Naeem Akhtar and his double face party, time and again accused National Conference on these facts but now in 2016, when they have assumed power after an active collaboration with RSS, they broke all previous records of tyranny and oppression," the statement said.
The JKLF spokesman said that "PDP rulers pretend as champions of human rights used to raise hue and cry over human rights abuses and pledged to disband Special Task Force but as soon as they assumed power, they forgot everything. On LK Advani's one call, this party turned every police station of J&K into a SOG camp. During last 115 days, this party is responsible for killing about 100 innocents, injuring more than 20000 people, snatching the eye sights of about 1000 people, vandalizing residential houses and private property worth millions, besides humiliating Kashmiris and arresting more than 10000 innocents among whom majority is of students and youth," he said.
The spokesman said that "these shameless rulers are behaving like tyrant rulers with the youth and are pushing them to the wall." "This is why, these youth are snatching guns from forces and police and are joining armed struggle," he said.
The spokesman said that the JKLF chief had said in his press conference that India instead of blaming Pakistan, Prime Minister Narendera Modi should be thankful to them for not providing arms to these agitated youth. ""The oppressive measures of India and its Kashmiri stooges have left the youth with no other option but to take the other way should have been taken into its right perspective but Naeem Akhtar and his party want to give it a new twist," the statement said.
For Yasin Malik and JKLF, the spokesman said, that the "twisting facts" hardly matters as the whole world knows how JKLF after its unilateral ceasefire in 1994 was "terrorized and intimidated and how its 600 men were massacred by Indian forces."
JKLF spokesman said that Naeem Akhtar by saying that "we are blaming students for burning schools, is trying to put his words in our mouth and is trying to deviate attention from the original issue." "He has not answered our assertion that it can be the handiwork of those who burnt down temples in 1986 that too only to topple Ghulam Muhammad Shah led regime. It is our firm belief that for the devilish work of burning down of schools only, chief minister and education minister are responsible, who for saving their government and by trying to show normalcy are irritating students of Kashmir and thus pushing them to the wall," the spokesman said.
He said that it is ironical that Naeem Akhtar is trying to prove himself as the champion of education in J&K and is also trying to blame separatist leaders as anti-education and literacy. "We want to tell him that India and its stooges until 1990's people's revolution kept Kashmiris especially Muslims away from the real education and progress. It was our revolution in 1990 that brought Kashmir and Kashmiris to the lime-light of the real progress," the statement said. "Let Naeem Akhtar see the statistics in education sector after 1990. He will see the increase in the rate of literacy and also the growing numbers of Kashmiris going to USA, UK, Europe and other parts of the world for higher education that too on scholarships."
He said that with Allah's grace, not only have the contemporary education and literacy grown but "our youth and students have grown in moral education also." "Naeem Akhtar and his government are playing with the lives and careers of lakhs of students by playing politics on education and exams and if he has some humanity and humility left, he should refrain from his arrogant anti-Kashmiri politics," the statement said. On assertions of Naeem Akhtar that separatists have pushed the Kashmir to Stone Age by strike calls, JKLF spokesman said that he (Akhtar) should know that from last 115 days people of Kashmir are on protest against killings of about 100 people.
"People are on protest because PDP government has snatched eye sights of hundreds, vandalized every house hold and arrested thousands of youth. People are protesting because PDP rulers through operation calm down have shamefully surpassed every previous tyrant and oppressor. This protest is people's anger against atrocities and not for any personal matters of Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq or Muhammad Yasin Malik. But we want to reminded Naeem Akhtar that if long protest strikes are sending people to Stone Age , then this nation has been taught this by none other than him," the spokesman said.
"It was Naeem Akhtar who along with other officers like Ghulam Nabi Mubarki, Muzaffar Ahmad Khan (Director handicrafts), Abdul Hameed Matoo (Chief engineer), Ishtiyaq Qadri and Abdul Salam (administrator municipality) and others in September 1990 pushed this nation for a 72 day long Hartal that too for their own purpose as they had been dismissed from services by governor of that time," he said.
"It was after they were reinstated, they withdrew the strike call," the statement said. "This nation does know that it was Naeem Akhtar who wrote articles on "Azadi on a pseudo name of Iffat Khan." "PDP is playing politics of deception and has touched new heights of shame. PDP started its politics of green robes and exploited Kashmiri Muslims in the name of human rights and religion, asked for their votes against RSS and BJP but at the end secretly collaborated with the same, dividing Muslims in Jammu and thus strengthening chauvinist forces," he said.
He said that "JKLF is proud that it started a people's revolution in 1988 that uprooted the most powerful and deep rooted NC and as our national duty, we will do everything to expose the duplicitous politics of PDP."