Senior separatist leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir National Front (JKNF) Nayeem Ahmad Khan on Saturday said that Kashmiris are fighting for referendum and maintained that their aspirations cannot be trampled by what he said "brutal tactics" by New Delhi.
"Time and again Indian myth that Kashmir is a law and order problem has been busted and it has been proven that it is an issue of peoples urge and movement for referendum," Nayeem Khan said in a statement.
He condemned the civilian killings by forces and paid glowing tributes to all martyrs of Kashmir. "It has been 50 continuous days of curfews and killings by police and forces. The latest killing of youths in Pulwama by forces is utterly shocking as every measure and mean is used to scuttle the voices of people," he said.
"Rather than adopting sane path of resolution, the Indian state is resorting to brutal tactics like more militarisation, innocent killings and arrests. I reaffirm that commitment of devoted nation like Kashmir cannot be trampled by these brutal tactics and only resorting to fulfilling international commitments and resolutions by Indian state can solve the Kashmir problem," he said.
Condemning the arrest of Hurriyat (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Nayeem Khan said that "it only exhibits the frustration of the puppet regime driven by RSS directly from Nagpur."
He also condemned the ransacking of residential houses and beating of civilians allegedly by police and forces. "Such tactics vindicate the Hurriyat stand that New Delhi is not interested in the Kashmiri people. India only wants the land of Kashmir. However, the day is not far when India will have to leave the territory because forcible control is to end at any cost," Khan.