Burhan's funeral eye-opener for New Delhi: Separatists

Burhan's funeral eye-opener for New Delhi: Separatists

More than two lakh people participated in Wani’s funeral in South Kashmir’s Tral on Saturday and at least 40 funeral prayers were held for the slain Hizb commander.

Kashmir’s senior pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Syeda Aasiya Andrabi on Sunday said the massive participation of people in the funeral prayers of slain Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani is an “eye-opener” for New Delhi and “is itself a clear referendum.”

More than two lakh people participated in Wani’s funeral in South Kashmir’s Tral on Saturday and at least 40 funeral prayers were held for the slain Hizb commander.

The Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani, while paying rich tributes to Burhan Wani, said the presence of a sea of people at his funeral “is in itself a clear referendum.” He urged the international community to “respect the freedom sentiments of Kashmiris and play its role to implement right to self-determination and shun double-standards and double-speak vis-a-vis Kashmir.” Geelani asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his advisors to “read the writing on the wall that India cannot oppress Kashmir by its military might and can never win the hearts of people.”

He said he was extremely pained by the killing of peaceful demonstrators by forces in Kashmir areas on Saturday and Sunday. He said the Indian forces and some police officials are “targeting the youth to create a hostile environment in the Valley.”

While saluting the courage of Burhan Wani and his associates, Geelani said their martyrdom is a milestone in the freedom struggle of Kashmir and that the Valley has “entered a new era of freedom movement.”

“The Indian media and New Delhi have been calling Burhan and other Mujahideen (militants) as “terrorists” but now it is proved that they are the real heroes of Kashmir and Kashmir’s freedom struggle and have nothing to do with terrorism. However, what the Indian forces are doing here is indeed terrorism,” he said. The senior pro-freedom leader said a terrorist is the one who fights against the people but Burhan fought and sacrificed his life for the people and their better future. “Burhan’s martyrdom has proven that the struggle for freedom is holy and justified as the whole nation supports it,” he said, and blamed Chief Minister Mehbooba Mufti and RSS for the murder of people on the streets of Kashmir.

He said Mehbooba could not conduct inquiry in the civilian killings of 2010 which she condemned then and had also sought resignation from Omar Abdullah after blaming him for the murder of hundreds of youth.

The Hurriyat (G) chairman also strongly condemned the forces’ action of stopping ambulances ferrying the injured and asked the international community to take strong notice of the ‘genocide’ in Kashmir.

JKLF CONDEMNS ‘KILLING SPREE’

Incarcerated Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik strongly condemned the “reign of terror” unleashed by forces against people of Kashmir.

In a statement, Malik said after the martyrdom of Burhaan Wani, “the way the entire Kashmir is being terrorized by police, forces and army is a glaring example of oppressive behavior and dictatorial mindset of the Indian rulers and their Kashmiri stooges.” “To keep its illegal occupation on Kashmir intact, India and its forces have started a war against Kashmiris and within few hours more than two dozen innocents have fallen to the bullets of trigger-happy forces. What is more criminal is the ‘criminal statements’ of PDP leaders and police who are trying to ‘legitimize’ this massacre by demonizing protesters instead of killers,” Malik said. He said the police and forces are not even sparing the injured and their families, and hospital wards have been “turned into torture centers” for injured and their attendants. “SMHS hospital is one such example of this police highhandedness where local SHO and his men along with CRPF are stopping people from donating blood for injured and are arresting relatives of injured and beating whosoever comes their way,” Malik said.

He said India and “its Kashmiri stooges and authorities” should see how millions of people are mourning and protesting against the martyrdom of 22-year-old freedom fighter Burhan.

“This spontaneous protest and mourning is the demonstration of real aspirations of the people of Kashmir and should serve as an eye-opener for India and its stooges,” he said. Meanwhile a delegation of JKLF comprising of vice chairman Showkat Ahmad Bakhshi and zonal organizer Bashir Ahmad Kashmiri managed to reach Tral on Sunday, a JKLF spokesman said. The delegation visited Shareefabad and expressed solidarity with the family of Burhan Muzaffar Wani, he said.

MIRWAIZ CONDEMNS ‘NAKED AGGRESSION’

Condemning what he called the naked aggression, barbarism and continuous firing by police and government forces on people of Kashmir, the Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday paid glowing tributes to these martyrs.

Stressing that the way government forces were “executing their ‘Shoot to Kill’ policy”, killing 19 civilians and injuring over 200 others, “it is clear and evident that India has declared a war against Kashmir.”

Terming the thrashing of injured civilians admitted at SMHS Hospital and their women attendants by government forces as worst example of state terrorism, Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest for the past several days, said police and government forces have let loose terror and the way they are trampling all human rights should serve as an eye-opener for all international human rights organisations and friends of humanity.

He said the public uprising and display of resistance by people following the martyrdom of Burhan should serve as a lesson to New Delhi. “Government of India cannot continue to deal with Kashmir with a clampdown and Kashmiris would never accept their politics of oppression and suppression.”

TIME TO BE OFFENSIVE: ASIYA

Chairperson of Dukhtaran-e-Millat, Syedah Aasiya Andrabi on Sunday said Kashmiris need to be offensive in their approach to counter the present Indian aggression and the brutality unleashed by its forces across Kashmir.”

“It is not the time to stay inside homes or Masjids. This is the crucial juncture in the Kashmir’s resistance movement,” she said. In a statement, Andrabi said rather than asking people to stop protesting against the continuous repression by the Indian forces, the leadership must “take an active part in the present movement and shouldn’t let it die down.” “The time for a defensive approach is over; it is time to be offensive,” she said.