JKLF Flays KPSS Statement On Bitta Karatey

JKLF Flays KPSS Statement On Bitta Karatey

21 June 2011
Kashmir Watch


Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front(R) Tuesday flayed the statement by Kashmir Pandit Sangarhs Samiti (KPSS) leader, Sanjay Tikoo wherein he had accused the party’s chairman, Farooq Ahmad Dar aka Bitta Karatey, of “murdering dozens of Kashmiri Pandits.” JKLF(R) vice-president, Javaid Ahmad Mir while rejecting KPSS leader, Sanjay Tickoo’s allegations that Karatey was roaming free despite being involved in the “murder of dozens of Pandits”, termed it as an attempt to sabotage the “growing communal harmony between Kashmiri Pandits and Muslims.” “Soon after Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front was formed in 1988, conspiracies were hatched to defame the freedom movement. Under a well planned conspiracy, Indian agencies used the then governor Jagmohan to organise the exodus of the Pandit community from Valley,” Mir said while addressing a news conference at party office Barbarshah this afternoon. “JKLF constitution stands for the complete freedom of Kashmir. It also speaks clearly about providing protection to minorities, and their right to live a dignified life in free Kashmir. Besides, when we launched the movement, we made it clear that the movement was not against any particular community. It was a freedom struggle of Kashmiris, including Pandits, Sikhs, Christians and Muslims,” he added. Mir said people like Tickoo for their “vested interests” play into the hands of “agencies” whenever “efforts are made to strengthen the bonds of communal harmony between Muslims and Pandits.” “But no one will succeed in creating differences between Muslims and the Pandit community. The world knows who drove out Pandit community from the Valley. And everyone knows the freedom movement was not against any community,” he said. “Why didn’t Tickoo remember the community members since 1990? He has fired a paper missile on the behest of the agencies who were perturbed to see the scenes of communal harmony at Kher Bawani, Tulmulla, Mattan and other places,” he added. The accusations made by Sangarsh Samiti President against the JKLF chairman, Farooq Ahmad Dar, Mir said, were an effort to damage the fabric of communal harmony between the Muslim and the Pandit community. “Even the Supreme court of India and the infamous TADA court acquitted the party chairman from all the charges after 18 years of incarceration,” he said He said that had Tickoo been arrested and interrogated at various detention centres, including Papa II, PAPA 1, GogoLand, JIC, he too would have admitted to the diktats of the BSF and the Army. “However, the torture, which still continues, was faced by Farooq Ahmad Dar and thousands of Kashmiri youth, including women and children. Over thirty thousand youth were rendered handicapped at the interrogation centres, while over a lakh houses and other property of Muslims were either set ablaze or blasted by the forces. Over 550 graveyards are witness to the unending pain and agony Kashmiris have gone through,” he said. He said that the Indian agencies with the help of the then governor Jagmohan fired at tens of thousands of peaceful protesters on the Srinagar streets creating an example of tyranny and leading to the exodus of Pandit community in which the then governor played a vital role. “Despite killings, enforced disappearances, the Muslims didn’t leave the hands of the Pandit brothers and defeated the evil designs of agencies,” he added.


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