Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while commenting on the burning of educational institutions, today said, "No one needs to be told about the importance of education and instead of sermonizing and politisizing the issue, the question that needs to be answered is who is behind this burning and why is it being done?"
"Every inch of Kashmir soil and every person in Kashmir are under surveillance. There are over seven lakh troops on ground and a huge police presence in every nook and corner of the valley. In such a security scenario is it possible that burning of schools will take place in such a systematic and frequent manner and the government forces and intelligence agencies would not be in know of the culprits to be able to nab them, when they have in the past four months arrested more than 15000 youth in the people's uprising for so called anti-state activities? That too when the government forces themselves are stationed in many schools across the valley," Mirwaiz, who continues to be under house detention, in a statement today, said.
Mirwaiz said, "Such mischievous acts are part of the diversionary plan to shift focus from the actual issue on the ground and further harass and distress people."
"To shift focus, first a war hysteria was created in the region and the Kashmir problem was externalized and now when the focus is again shifting towards the problem on the ground, school burning has become the new disturbing focus," Mirwaiz said, adding that "On one hand, this government is beating its chest over burning of schools as according to the government it is greatly concerned about the education of students and, on the other hand, it is harassing and tormenting students into forcibly taking exams when they are repeatedly demanding that they (the examinations) be deferred for some time, keeping in view the trauma that they are going through due to the oppression faced by the nation in the last four months."
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat spokesman has strongly denounced and condemned the "brutal violence and barbarism" unleashed by government forces on the peaceful protestors at Rohmoo, Pulwama, Shopian, Bandipora, Anantnag and Sopore by firing pellets and bullets at them, resulting in critical injuries to dozens, including blinding of three students.
Stressing that people were being dealt with "brutal force whenever and wherever they try to bring out protest demonstrations and marches" on the call of the unified resistance leadership, "the government forces were continuing nocturnal raids, beating up inmates, ransacking household items and arresting youth and their family members," the spokesman said, adding that this was a challenge for the international rights bodies and emancipated nations of the world and urged them to take note of these brutal atrocities and come to the rescue of Kashmiris.