Bar for unity among Hurriyat leadership

Greater Kashmir

‘Kashmiris have given immense sacrifices not its leaders’

Srinagar, June 25: The Jammu and Kashmir High Court Bar Association on Wednesday said disunity among the pro-freedom leadership was among the several issues concerning everyone in Jammu and Kashmir.
Addressing a seminar on “New Challenges to Resistance Movement” here at Sadder court complex here, President Bar Association Advocate  Mian Abdul Qayoom  identified “six important issues concerning the freedom struggle” which included the issue of Article 370;  the writ petition filed by the Panthers Party in Supreme Court against the Resettlement of those state subjects who have gone to Pakistan between 1st March 1947 and 14th May 1954.
The other issues include the writ petition filed in Jammu wing of the High Court wherein the question raised is as to whether it is legally permissible to make classification between offspring of Male Non-Permanent Residents of the State of J&K viz-a-viz female permanent residents of the State of J&K; the proposed Resettlement of Pandit community in certain areas in South, Central and North Kashmir with the facilities of Medical Colleges and Engineering Colleges.
The Bar president also mentioned  the issue of settlement of Refugees who have migrated from West Pakistan and are presently in Jammu and sixthly the disunity amongst the pro-freedom leadership and the measures necessary for unification.
The President dealt with the aforesaid issues at great length and requested the participants to take stock of them and devise ways and means to defeat the “nefarious designs”.
Addressing the seminar Chairperson, Dukhtaran-iMillat, AsiyaAndrabi, said that the biggest challenge before pro-freedom leadership is to counter the  designs by India to change the demographic character of the state.  
“India is one from KanyaKumari to Lakhanpur to change the demography of the state and how can a divided leadership from Lakhanpur to Uri here counter the move. Unity among separatist leadership ranks is warranted to undo any anti-movement move from India,” Asiya said. 
She stressed for proactive approach to take the movement to its logical conclusion.
“We don’t react to the growing challenges, our youngsters are killed one after the other, but we don’t show our response. Kashmiris have given immense sacrifices not the leaders,” she said. 
In his speech, Advocate Nazir Ahmad Ronga said when Kashmir issue is before UN, India and Pakistan. “Why Kashmiris should allow themselves to be ruled by thieves, goons and dishonest people.
At one point of time we were offered a “Bhutan type” status but we did not agree as at that time the position was quite different from that of today,” he said.
He said Kashmir resources are being destroyed apace and it will prove an irreparable loss to Kashmiris and later it will be too late to make amends for this loss.
He said that Kashmiris leadership is divided and in India there are diverse identities who follow different religions and languages but when it comes to Kashmir, they are united.
He said that world does not recognize those who speak in Mosques and other places. They recognize those who claim to be the representative of the people.
 “We should give a final chance to Pro-freedom leadership to unite and if they fail, the Bar should devise its own strategy, for taking the freedom struggle to its logical end,” he added.
DrNissar-ul-Hassan, President Doctors Association  said the challenge for Kashmiris is the accession of 1947. “The non-implementation of Security Council Resolutions is the challenge we have failed in our institutionalization of freedom struggle and we have failed in inclusiveness too,” he said.
He said the Kashmiris should carry forward the struggle based on Nizami-Qur’an and Nizami-Mustafa (PBUH) adding that our role model should be Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and not Gandhi or Nelson Mandela.
He said our leaders can’t be those who are living in palaces but those who would be prepared first to sacrifice their own lives and then prepare their children for the sacrifices.  “This freedom struggle needs blood. It needs martyrdom and that we should be ready for it,” he said.
Advocate G N Shaheen while appreciating analysis given by the President on the topic said the issues which we had to discuss twenty five years back are being discussed by us now.
“We have to first discuss the internal challenges and then the external challenges. The Govt of India has already eroded Article 370. We should, however, protect whatever is left. We can’t shut our eyes,” he said.
“We are on a crucial stage of our freedom struggle and we should take lessons from freedom struggle of Palestinians, Northern Ireland and others. We should also focus on preserving Muslim force all over the State, because it is this force which is responsible for taking our struggle forward,” he said.
Chairman National Front and senior leader HCJK, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, said  the mistakes committed in the past  does not mean that we will not sacrifice anything and everything for the freedom movement.
 “This movement has in it those who are ideologically strong. Some people have joined us emotionally or otherwise, but that does not mean that those who have given blood will leave this struggle halfway,” he said.
Abdul Samad, Chairman IslamiTanzeemiAzadi  said Kashmir problem is an international issue and once the issue is solved in accordance with Security Council resolutions, Article 370 would go automatically. 
Advocate Muhammad Amin said: “We are strengthening Indian hold on Kashmir by appearing in courts. We pinpoint the lacunas in the laws and make India to remove those lacunas to apply the law more violently against Kashmiris,” he said.
Mehraj-ud-din Kalwal of Hurriyat Conference (G)  said: “Some people have been hanged and some have been incarcerated. We are not claiming any part of Punjab or Himachal from India. We are telling India that it should honour the wishes of the people of Kashmir. It should honour the Security Council Resolutions and give right of self-determination to the people of Kashmir.”
“Peace can be established in Kashmir only when Kashmir issue is settled. We should not spread disenchantment and disappointment. We should not accept anything short of complete freedom,” he said.
ShakeelQalander, a member of Civil Society, said the biggest challenge is that of the “Identity Crisis”.
“Wherever we go we refer to Kashmir problem and not J&K problem. We are often told as to why we are not referring to J&K problem but we tell them that Maharaja did never say that he is Maharaja of J&K,” he said.
 He referred to SubramaniumSwamy and said that in a recently given television interview he said that Pandit should be sent back to Kashmir with ten lakh retired army personnel along their families who should provide all kind of protection to them.
  He said that every year five lakh outsiders come here and they earn their livelihood at the cost of local people.  He said we have sufficient resources for our sustenance but those resources are in the hands of outsiders.
“Our water and power projects are with outsiders but we don’t work for their return. We should stop the outside skill and encourage local talent. He said that Bar is the mirror of civil society as such they should cooperate with civil society as well,” he said.
Advocate Arshad Andrabi said the Maharaja Hari Singh was reluctant to sign instrument of accession but it was Sheikh Abdullah who manipulated the instrument of accession only to become Sultan of Kashmir.
He said that the Hindus of Jammu do not want the Muslims who have migrated to Pakistan to return back.
“They have occupied their properties in Jammu and elsewhere and they don’t want to leave those properties. if the people who have gone to Pakistan from 01.03.1947 till 14.05.1954 come back, there will be total change in demography of Jammu,” he said.
He said that refugees from West Pakistan have been given Indian citizenship adding that they should be settled in any part of India and not in J&K because J&K is a disputed state and Security Council has guaranteed right of self-determination to the people of J&K, which has not been honoured by the India so far.
Advocate Bashir Sidiq  said that people want our leaders to unite and the issues raised at the Seminar were very relevant and important for the freedom struggle.“We have to make the people aware of it.  We should at least devise a common minimum programme for taking the freedom movement ahead,” he said.
Advocate N A  Tabassum referred to Muhammad MaqboolBhat and Afzal Guru and said that we have given these sacrifices for the liberation of Kashmir. He said that Yasin Malik had given a valid call of Quit Kashmir, but he had not done the ground work.
Advocate Syed Manzoorsaid  the biggest challenge before us is the demographic change.
“We should fight the evil designs of Indian imperialism. We should fight the case in Supreme Court even if the verdict goes against us.”