Crackdown on students exposing Delhi, says Mirwaiz
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Crackdown on students exposing Delhi, says Mirwaiz

New Delhi’s fresh policy of booking educated youth under the charges of sedition for advocating resolution of Kashmir is “actually helping people of India to know the harsh realities about the conflict-hit Valley”, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Friday.

New Delhi's fresh policy of booking educated youth under the charges of sedition for advocating resolution of Kashmir is "actually helping people of India to know the harsh realities about the conflict-hit Valley", the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Friday.

Addressing a Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said the Government of India "initially used sedition as tool against its writers and social activists who used to talk about the Kashmir resolution." But now there is a slight change in its policy and the target at present is the young educated youth who have understood the need of resolving the Kashmir issue, he said. 

"The young students who raise their voice against oppression in Kashmir are being booked under sedition, but this is actually exposing the real face of so-called Indian democracy," Mirwaiz said. "Charging young boys with sedition is helping people across India to learn about the harsh realities of Kashmir—the unabated human rights violations, innocent killings, curbs, house detentions, arrests and above all the need of resolving Kashmir."

He said India should understand the need of resolving Kashmir issue according to the wishes of Kashmiris. 

"Military might, suppression and booking people for genuine dissent won't yield any results. The fact is Indian people are getting closer to actual situation in Kashmir and time is not far when every citizen of India would press for Kashmir resolution," he said. "People who raised pro-Kashmir voices were dubbed as anti-nationals. This is something where the international community must chip in and say why genuine voices are being choked."  

Pertinently, students Jawahar Lal Nehru University (JNU) New Delhi were booked under the charges of sedition recently for shouting pro-Kashmir and pro-Afzal Guru slogans in the campus. Former Professor of Delhi University SAR Geelani too was slapped with sedition for allegedly organizing a pro-Guru event in New Delhi.

Mirwaiz, who was placed under house arrest on Thursday and set free this morning, said the authorities have turned J&K into a police state and peoples' rights are being muzzled. 

"No economic package can be a substitute for thousands of sacrifices offered by people of Kashmir for a dignified solution to the Kashmir issue," he said.

The Hurriyat (M) chairman said it's because of the Kashmir issue that New Delhi is spending billions of rupees on its forces deployed in J&K. 

Quoting a United Nations report, Mirwaiz said on the one hand the defence budget of India has crossed all limits and on the other, 40 per cent children of India are suffering from malnutrition. 

He said: "We reiterate that Kashmir is not any economic or a border issue but purely a political issue which needs to be settled by means of dialogue in presence of all three parties—India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir."

Reacting to former Union Home Minister P Chidambaram's statement on hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru, Mirwaiz said the remarks are nothing but "a political stunt to gain sympathy."

"There is no denying of fact that in the cases of Muhammad Maqbool Bhat and Muhammad Afzal Guru, laws were shelved and decisions were taken to score political points. Both Bhat and Guru were framed under fake cases and later hanged unconstitutionally." 

Meanwhile, Mirwaiz condemned the detention of senior Hurriyat leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza who has been lodged in police station Sheerbagh, Ananatnag (Islamabad) and also the house detention of Hurriyat (M) spokesman Advocate Shahidul Islam.

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