February 2016 News

Non-Kashmiri Youth Have Understood That Kashmir Is Human Issue: Mirwaiz

19 February 2016
Rising Kashmir
Mir Liyaqat Ali

Srinagar: Terming recently held pro- Kashmir protests in Delhi and other places in India as an 'encouraging trend', Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said non- Kashmiri youth have understood that Kashmir issue is not a political but a human issue. 'The conscience and educated youth of India did not only hold protests at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University but also in Kolkata and Chennai and raised their voices against the Indian presence in Kashmir,' Mirwaiz told Rising Kashmir. He said non- Kashmiri youth stood up against 'pseudo nationalism' and raised their voice for Kashmiris. 'It is an encouraging trend for Kashmiris as non- Kashmiri youth have understood that Kashmir is a human issue,' the Hurriyat (M) chairman said. He accused Indian government of resorting to suppressive approach to 'muzzle' the free voices of youth at JNU and other places. 'These youth are being booked under sedition charges while the fact is that they have not resorted to anti-India act but peacefully stood up to ask question to the government on Kashmir'. He said detention and house arrests is a common trend in Kashmir and now the similar suppressive tactics are being used against the people outside J&K for raising their voices in support of Kashmiris. Mirwaiz, who continues to be under house arrest since past five days, said 'right wing chauvinism perpetuated and promoted by the political establishment of India today is being tried to define as nationalism and patriotism'. 'Unfortunately all political parties across have fallen prey to this trap and are ascribing to this regressive definition for vote bank politics. But it is heartening to see many youth in India risen up and challenging this narrow-mindset and unrealistic outlook. Challenging the wrong policies of the government or rising against them does not qualify them to be traitors,' he said. The Hurriyat (M) chairman said the arrest and invoking of sedition charges against JNUSU president Kanihya Kumar and SAR Geelani is highly condemnable. Mirwaiz, who was not allowed to offer Friday prayers, in his telephonic address to the Friday congregation at the Jamia Masjid Srinagar said BJP created and nourished Frankenstein of intolerance and hooliganism, which is today threatening to engulf whole of India. He said it was first used against Kashmiri leadership to stop it from visiting places in India to engage with the Indian public opinion and inform them about the facts of Kashmir and the human rights situation there. 'We were physically stopped, manhandled and not allowed to speak or put forward our view point. Instead of condemning it and speaking against it at that time, silence was observed by most while some endorsed it by saying we deserved what we got. It is ironical that today when this Frankenstein has come to haunt them, they are crying hoarse,' Mirwaiz said. He expressed deep regret over world bodies like UN, OIC's silence and turning a blind eye towards the persistent growing culture of repression and impunity practiced by the Indian authorities against the population of Kashmir. He said it is unfortunate that murder of two budding students - Danish Farooq, a B Tech student and Shaista Hameed pursuing a Masters degree - at the hands of troops has not evoked the condemnation and censure from the international community that such acts deserve. He said it is sad that in India, which claims to be the world's largest democracy, all political parties across the board consider it 'anti national' to condemn HR abuses in J&K.