Malik Flays GoI For Disregarding Transition Of Kashmiris To Non-violence

Malik Flays GoI For Disregarding Transition Of Kashmiris To Non-violence

2 June 2012
Rising Kashmir
Wasim Khalid

Srinagar: Government of India has failed to acknowledge the collective transition of Kashmiri youth from violent to non-violent movement, said Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik here Saturday. Addressing a convention on democratic rights of Kashmir youth, Malik said instead of acknowledging the peaceful transition of Kashmiris, “authorities brutally suppressed people in the past four years”. The youth convention was organized by Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA) at Institute of Management, Public Administration (IMPA) at M A Road. Malik said the authorities used all the power at their disposal to crush the non-violent movement of Kashmiris. “When the initiative to give up gun is not respected, youth would feel non-violent struggle never delivers.” Referring to the recently concluded NATO Summit in Chicago, which was aimed at charting out a road map for a joint exit strategy from Afghanistan, he said it would send a clear message to the youth of Kashmir that violence pays off like it did for Taliban. “Developments in Afghanistan are being keenly watched by Kashmiris. In the recent Chicago Summit, the super powers, including USA, have almost conceded a defeat. They are leaving the country in next two years.” The approach of US and its allies, Malik added, has implications for Kashmir as well. “The younger generation of Kashmiris will learn the lesson from Taliban and resort back to the gun to make themselves heard. Watching the developments in Afghanistan, they would think violence gets the attention of policymakers and forces them to come on the negotiating table.” The JKLF chief appealed Indian civil society groups, policy makers and international community to “think seriously” over Kashmir. “They should heed to the grievances of Kashmiris along with that of Afghanistan. There should be settlement of Kashmir issue as well so that it sends out the message that non-violent movements serve the purpose.” He said youth should not feel a sense of defeat and resort back to guns as means of achieving their political demands. Speaking about the party elections, Malik said after the re-unification of JKLF, Amanuallah Khan is holding the charge as its supreme head. “We are holding district level elections in both parts of Kashmir, in US and London as well. After that we would conduct zonal elections followed by voting for the chairman.” Malik said his decision to give up arms in 1994 was criticised by many. “But in 2008 Kashmiris joined us in the non-violent struggle. It was a collective transition towards a non-violent struggle. But it was suppressed by the government, using military power to control it. Now it thinks it has won. But in real sense it has not. You cannot suppress people for long.”