Malik Flays HR Groups For Politicking9 December 2010
Srinagar: Making yet another call for the azadi camp to unite, the chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, on Thursday asserted that the recent 5-month agitation had not been a failure but had rallied the world behind the Kashmir cause. In his first appearance at the Hurriyat (M) headquarters in eight years, the chairman of the JKLF, Muhammad Yasin Malik, castigated human rights organisations for having commercialized their activities, and accused them of indulging in politics in the past months by circulating cassettes of some new leadership. At a seminar on human rights and world peace, the Mirwaiz accused the state government of brazen human rights violations, and said that no justice could be expected from the dispensation. “Not to speak of observing the World Human Rights Day, the government even prevents educational institutions and universities from marking the day,” the Mirwaiz said. “The State Human Rights Commission is a toothless tiger, and has not powers as demonstrated by its inaction on the complaints placed before it by the Bar Association and the Hurriyat Conference,” he said. “The state government is an instrument to carry out the centre’s oppressive policies, and New Delhi merely talks of economic measures shutting its eyes to the Kashmir issue,” he said. “Even the judiciary has begun to interfere in politics, and voicing ones opinion in Kashmir has become a crime,” he said, adding that the silence of the civil society and the intelligentsia over the issue was painful. The Mirwaiz said that the recent 5-month agitation in Kashmir had been a success as the international community had accepted Kashmir as a dispute because of the peaceful movement. “The world has realized that the Kashmir movement is an indigenous struggle to secure inalienable rights,” he said. Stressing on unity and concord in the pro-freedom camp, the Mirwaiz said that individual efforts would not achieve any results but that the movement could be carried forward collectively only. In an obvious reference to the Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, whom he did not name, the Mirwaiz said that the people who claimed to be the custodians of martyrs’ sacrifices and representatives of people’s aspirations should act with the spirit of solidarity. The Mirwaiz lauded the JKLF chairman, Muhammad Yasin Malik, for having accepted thje urriyat invitation to attend the seminar, saying that other pro-freedom leaders should emulate him. He, however, regretted that Malik had taken eight years to take this decision which, according to him, he should have taken much earlier. Repeating that the agitation of the pat months had not been a failure, the Mirwaiz made cryptic comments about people being too gentle to demand answers from the leadership for their policies. “But if the masses begin thinking in terms of demanding answers, we shall be hard pressed to reply,” he said. In his speech, Muhammad Yasin Malik demanded a prompt halt to human rights violations in Kashmir, saying that the agitation of the past months had disgraced New Delhi before the international community. Malik came down hard on human rights organisations, saying that they had commercialized their activity and turned themselves into “dens of politics.” “No one among them stepped forward during the agitation to demand justice for the 112 youth killed, but got so entangled in politics as to appear interested in producing a new leadership,” he said, adding that some groups had been engaged in distributing political cassettes. “Their interest in politics has increased, and I openly tell them either to join politics or continue working for human rights,” he said.