Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar on Friday said the statement of Ajit Doval has brought the real face of the Government of India (GoI) before people of J&K and the world that New Delhi’s ultimate aim has always been to hold on to the territory of J&K at any cost with total disregard for the will of its inhabitants.
“And this government believes in achieving that by a complete integration of J&K with union of India through doing away with any and every provision that its own constitution had provided to the disputed state till the holding of a plebiscite,” Mirwaiz said while addressing the Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid in old city here.
He said the change in demography by removing state subject laws is part of the integration plan. “The impatience to execute this design can be seen by the NSA statement challenging every law and constitutional provisions enshrined in Indian Constitution, till the matter was to be decided by the people of J&K through the referendum, by calling them aberrations that had to be done away with,” he said.
“It shows arrogance and a complete disregard for historical facts and ground realities about J&K, its disputed status and the will of its people held by forcible control through military,” Mirwaiz said.
“J&K was and is a dispute. It’s a human issue. It’s about the relentless struggle of the people who want to ascertain their identity as a nation through a right to choose their destiny, as both India and Pakistan did when they got that opportunity in 1947,” Mirwaiz said adding, “People of J&K are struggling for that opportunity which was promised to them and the world is witness to it as it stands endorsed at the UN.”
“How can any nation, in this case, India, go back on its word, its commitment and call it (out)dated? Is there an expiry date to commitment? The passage of time does not alter its relevance. If it were so, today the third and fourth generation of Kashmiris since 1988, from 1947 when the commitment was made and they were not even born, would not be rebellious, protesting on the streets and alleys of every nook and corner of the state and getting mercilessly killed,” Mirwaiz asked.
“And India would not need lakhs of forces to exert its control and run its writ. There would be no grave human rights violations happening here as reported by world media and international rights organisations including UN reports,” he added.
Mirwaiz said the “coercion, repression and arrogance of might” is no way to deal with aspirations of people, especially when they feel that their aspirations are backed by commitments and based on principles of justice.
“The only way forward is to understand the concerns and aspirations of people of J&K and address those accordingly either through giving them right of self-determination or through deliberations at the table among the stakeholders – India, Pakistan and the people of J&K,” Mirwaiz said.
“To those who advocate coercion and deception, I say truth always prevails,” Mirwaiz added.