Give Space To Peaceful Struggle: Yasin To Delhi

Give Space To Peaceful Struggle: Yasin To Delhi

14 February 2011
Greater Kashmir
Muddasir Ali

Srinagar: Jammu & Kashmir Liberation Front chief Muhammad Yasin Malik on Monday asked the Government of India to provide “proper space” to the ongoing movement in Kashmir and respond to the transition from violent to a peaceful struggle. He pitched for immediate release of political leadership, youth and students detained in different jails asking the state government to “stop immediately” alleged harassment of Kashmiris by resorting to crackdowns and arrests. “A proper space is required for the ongoing peaceful struggle in Kashmir. We had made a transition from armed to peaceful struggle. (But) it has been unilateral. Indian leadership and her civil society should ensure that this peaceful struggle is provided with space and saved,” Malik told a press conference at party’s Maisuma headquarter here, after his return from New Delhi on Sunday. “If this transition continues to be responded with bullets and detention of youth, then it means they want to push Kashmiris to violence. We were expecting that this shift would not only be respected by Government of India and its people but there would be efforts to solve Kashmir issue. But unfortunately nothing has changed.” Seeking release of political leaders, youth and students, Malik asked state government to stop harassing Kashmir youth. “While different courts have been quashing the PSA against High Court Bar Association president Mian Abdul Qayoom and Bar General Secretary, government is slapping more PSAs on them. Our district leadership and activists from Kupwara and Islamabad (Anantnag) are languishing in different jails. Mirwaiz south Kashmir Qazi Yasir is rotting in jails for past nine months.” He said Hurriyat Conference (G) leader Muhammad Ashraf Sehrai who has been detained under PSA is suffering from various ailments. “No arrangement has been made for treatment of Sehrai sahib who is my close friend. There is no district or village where youth are not being harassed. Even students are not left. If government is bent upon ruining their career then they will have no option but to take up gun.” To show solidarity with the detained Kashmiris, Malik said his party would soon hold a peaceful protest. “It will be a silent 2-hour protest.” In the aftermath of attacks on him by BJP activists during his visit to Ajmer last week, Malik alleged that the opposition party was forcing Muslims in entire India in general and Kashmiris in particular to resort to arms. “Whether on a personal visit or political visit, Kashmiri leadership be it Geelani sahib, Mirwaiz sahib, Bilal Lone or myself are attacked outside by BJP hooligans and the activists of parties like RSS, Bajrang Dal and Shiv Sena.” Accusing the right wing party of trying to put the whole sub-continent on fire by resorting to communal politics, Malik said the way the attacks are being carried out on Kashmir leadership and people outside Kashmir they are pushing Kashmiris to violence. “This communal politics would prove detrimental for India.” He stopped short of blaming New Delhi for encouraging attacks by BJP activists on Kashmiri leadership and people outside state. “Why does Government of India’s intervention follow only after the attack is carried out? If BJP thinks that by resorting to hooliganism they can scare Kashmiris then they are living in fools’ paradise. There is no mohalla or village in Kashmir which has not produced a martyr and no home whose inmates have not been lodged behind bars. In fact jails are our second home.” On successful uprising in Egypt, Malik said Kashmir issue can’t be compared with Egypt but there were some lessons to be drawn from the revolution. “Any peaceful democratic non-violent movement has takers across the globe. We need to strengthen it here.” He said in Egypt army had a strong sense of belonging towards their own people. “That was witnessed (in the state) in Jammu during 2008 Amarnath land uprising where people were out to resort to violence but nothing happened. In Kashmir more than 68 Kashmiris were killed during 2008 and more than 119 people were killed during last year uprising. We have martyrs’ graveyards here in every mohalla.” Responding to a question that Srinagar police chief had recently said that alleged drug addicts were involved in the last year’s summer unrest, he said Kashmiri issue was going on for past 4 generations and it is not drug addicts but Kashmiri nation which is sustaining this movement. “Six decades have gone by but the Kashmir issue is still there. The Indian Home Minister is on record in the Parliament to say that Kashmir is a unique issue and requires unique solution. Does such issue survive by drug addicts? This movement has produced martyrs like Ishfaq Majid Wani, Dr Abdul Ahad Guroo and Maqbool Bhat. This is people’s movement which requires to be addressed.”


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