Hilal War welcomes joint resistance leadership’s strike call on Jan 21
People's Political Party (PPP) Chairman and senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War Wednesday welcomed the joint statement of the resistance leadership calling for a strike at Gawkadal and the adjoining areas to commemorate the massacre on January 21.
"I find it so heartening and congratulate the leadership that they sent a message across that we haven't forgotten our martyrs or the watershed tragedies that have been and are being heaped upon us by New Delhi through its armed forces and the state police," said War.
"Tuesday's press conference was a gentle reminder to the leadership and not a pot-shot. My press conference was not aimed at any of the resistance leaders in whom we have faith. It was a gentle reminder to the unified leadership that Kashmiri oppressed nation cannot forget the Gawkadal Massacre, the first major massacre of Kashmir which was carried out by forces of India after the inception of the armed struggle," said War.
"PPP has no ill will against the leadership. We are a responsible constituent of Hurriyat led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq. We are united in Hurriyat and will remain so. My all utterances and actions are to strengthen the movement and to magnify the image of the leadership. We have full confidence and faith in the leadership and I reiterate my stand that Gaw kadal massacre was a sinister plot of the Home Ministry of India to pave the way for Kashmiri Pandits' exodus."
He said that his press conference "underscores the democratic values" of Hurriyat Conference. "Hurriyat is a democratic forum and it is the rich democratic values that guarantees its members like me to put forth their views and objections. I want to make it clear to the adversary and the anti-movement elements that the resistance leadership is one rock-solid monolith and we can never be divided," War added.