New Delhi unwilling to resolve Kashmir peacefully: UJC
Seventy-one years of Kashmir history have proved that New Delhi was neither willing for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue nor will be willing for it in future, the United Jihad Council, a conglomerate of various militant outfits, said on Thursday.
Local news-gathering agency KNS quoted UJC chief Syed Salahuddin saying in an e-mailed statement that the nation has "come to the conclusion that only resistance will help people achieve their goal."
Addressing a high-level UJC meeting, Salahuddin, according to the statement, said that the peaceful struggle till 1990 was "suppressed, indicating that there is no peaceful way to seek the resolution of Kashmir issue."
"The people of the nation, irrespective of their age, are satisfied now that the armed struggle is the only option to end the slavery in Kashmir. This was the reason that youth like Burhan Wani, intellectuals and other highly-qualified persons preferred to choose this way," he said.
"The slain militants including Dr Manan Wani, professor Muhammad Rafi Bhat, Muhammad Maqbool Bhat, Ishfaq Majeed Wani, Ali Muhammad Dar, Masood Tantray and Shams-ul-Haq and various others led the freedom struggle not only with weapons but also used their pen to highlight the struggle," Salahuddin said, according to the statement, adding: "There was a need of intellectuals and well-qualified youth in the freedom struggle as they youth can defeat the Indian tactics in a well manner."
The statement read that the UJC chief further urged Pakistan to highlight the Kashmir issue and human rights violations in Kashmir at the international level and "push the world community to take practical steps in this regard."
"After the Human Rights Watch report highlighted the rights violations in Kashmir, the world community should have taken practical steps but that didn't happen," the statement quoted Salahuddin as saying. "India is continuing with the HR violations in Kashmir. Several pro-freedom leaders, workers and activists are lodged in jails where their conditions are deteriorating. It seems that under a well thought-out plan, the lives of these people are being risked."
The UJC chief also paid tributes to militants killed in Kashmir since last week.