Incarcerated pro-freedom leader and chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed the all-party meeting of “pro-India Parties” convened by Mehbooba Mufti “a farce to mislead people into believing that they are serious or can do something to bring people out of the current oppressive state.”
“The fact remains that it is these very parties and people who are responsible for our misery and massacres and the extreme repressive situation that we are facing for the past seventy years in general and thirty years in particular,” Mirwaiz said in a statement.
“Our suffering is an outcome of the draconian laws and legislations put in place here by New Delhi with the full cooperation and support of these pro-India parties. Over the years these parties kept yielding our sovereignty and compromising on our status before New Delhi for the sake of chair. Today Kashmir is a colony of India with over seven lakh Indian troops stationed here ensuring forcible control through military might resulting in severe repression on people. And these parties who willingly preside over that repression for the sake of chair that has no power as all power rests with New Delhi, want us to believe that their meetings will bring us relief!”
Mirwaiz said that the space for the expression of dissent remains choked and gagged in Kashmir and youth are forced to turn to violent means.
Mirwaiz said if these parties are really serious and mean business then all the black laws should be revoked forthwith and the forces’ personnel responsible for the massacre of innocent youth should be brought to justice.
Mirwaiz said that the situation in Kashmir is so fragile and worrisome that in just two months forces have killed 32 civilians mostly youth while scores have been blinded and maimed by the deadly pellets and pava shells.
All means of peaceful protests and political space has been closed, he said.
Meanwhile, senior pro-freedom leader Mukhtar Ahmed Waza visited the residence of 20-year-old Sajad Ahmed Rather, who was killed by government forces on Sunday, at Duru Anantnag and expressed solidarity with the bereaved family.