Wrong to blame Shujaat’s murder on detractors: UJC

United Jihad Council (UJC), an alliance of over a dozen Kashmiri militant groups on Tuesday said New Delhi had always ruled Jammu and Kashmir directly through its “stooges and puppet governments” and imposition of Governor’s rule was a “non-issue”.
Wrong to blame Shujaat’s murder on detractors: UJC
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United Jihad Council (UJC), an alliance of over a dozen Kashmiri militant groups on Tuesday said New Delhi had always ruled Jammu and Kashmir directly through its "stooges and puppet governments" and imposition of Governor's rule was a "non-issue". 

The UJC also condemned the murder of Dr Syed ShujaatBukhari and dismissed the perception that those who disagreed with the slain journalist's views were responsible for his killing, according to a statement issued by the grouping after a meeting with its chairman, Syed Salahuddin.

"Imposition of governor's rule and termination of the so-called elected government is insignificant and a non-issue for the people of Jammu and Kashmir because every state government has always been a puppet and subservient to New Delhi," said the UJC chief, who is also supreme commander of HizbulMujahideen the largest and mainly indigenous constituent of the alliance.

He said the so-called Ramadhan ceasefire and talks offer by Indian government were devoid of sincerity and seriousness.

On May 16, India's Home Ministry announced a halt in anti-militant operations in Kashmir for the fasting month. 

Two weeks later, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said that the government was ready to hold dialogue with the Hurriyat Conference leadership if it came forward for talks.

However, Salahuddin said both the ceasefire and talks offer turned out to be "hoax" as there had been no let up in the killing spree by Indian government forces during the holy month.

"Had there been some seriousness and good intention behind these offers, militant leadership would certainly have given positive response," he said, adding "talks for the sake of talks" had miserably failed in the past.

The UJC chief emphasised that dialogue process could not be made meaningful and result-oriented without acknowledging and realising the ground reality in Jammu and Kashmir and historical facts linked with the longstanding issue.

"The sooner this reality is realised the better it will be for the global peace," he maintained.

Salahuddin warned that BJP government's outrage at the pro-freedom Kashmiri people and her plans and actions to suppress the "freedom movement" through use of brute force would prove detrimental to India itself.

"For the sake of durable peace in the region, it's imperative that India reads the writing on the wall, respects the wishes and aspirations of the Kashmiris and holds a free and fair plebiscite in accordance with the pledges made by its leadership after partition of the sub-continent," he said.  

The UJC chief also warned against a big humanitarian disaster in the face of unrelenting atrocities and human rights violations at the hands of Indian forces in Jammu and Kashmir.

Expressing serious concern over the "criminal silence" of the global institutions and powers, he also turned his attention to Pakistan, saying Islamabad should go beyond its "traditional half-hearted" efforts and launch a forceful diplomatic initiative to draw attention of the world community towards the agonising situation in the territory.

Shujaat Bukhari murder

Of the assassination of senior journalist Bukhari, Salahuddin said it was a ghastly act of the worst kind, and also condemnable to blame those who differed with his ideology or activities.

"Such a thought is illogical and unrealistic… It reflects criminal approach," 

He suggested that the Kashmir Bar Association and human rights watchdogs could play a [key] role in exposing the "elements or institutions" involved in Bukhari's killing.

According to the press release, special prayers were also made for the deliverance of departed souls in Jammu and Kashmir and forbearance for their families.  

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