Denouncing the ‘crackdown’ launched by the authorities on the separatist leadership, Dukhtaran e Millat Chief, Asiya Andrabi Saturday said that by detaining the leadership, authorities won’t be able to stop protests ‘nor will it affect the movement’.
“Had such tactics succeeded in muzzling people’s voices and weakening the movement, there wouldn’t have been any protests once the leaders were arrested”, said Asiya Andarabi while talking to news agency KNS and added that the movement continued to flourish while leaders were behind bars for years together.
She said the unrest in the valley was a spontaneous reaction to “unjust and illegal hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru.
“Mohammad Afzal Guru was executed in Tihar Jail Delhi under secrecy and his family was denied the right to meet him. Even his family was not informed about execution ahead of hanging. He (Guru) was buried in Tihar premises instead of handing over the body to his family. Protests erupted as a natural reaction against all this”, Andrabi told KNS over phone.
Calling Mutahida Majlise Mashavrat (MMM) as ‘people’s forum’, chairperson Duktharaan e Millat (DM) Asiya Andrabi said that that return of mortal remains was the one-point agenda of the forum. “This demand is genuine and people of Kashmir protests in favor of this demand. The reaction to protest was natural”, she added.
She said that Mudasir Kamraan and Tahir Sofi were killed while peacefully protesting against Guru’s hanging and demanding return of his body.
Claiming that that India is counting its last days in Kashmir, Asiya expressed satisfaction over the coordination among various separatist groups. She also thanked people of valley for making its programmes successful.
“MMM is a peoples forum and people have followed and made successful its programmes. Every resistance leader including the two Hurriyats have participated in the MMM’s meetings and supported its programme. It is a proof that everyone is satisfied over the coordination”, Andrabi told KNS.
When asked whether the coordination between separatists leaders will continue, she said, “Currently, MMM has been set up to press for the demand of return of mortal remains. However, all parties of MMM will consider and decide on future of forum later on”. The chairperson of DeM who is presently admitted in SKIMS here, said that DeM activist Fehmeeda was looking after her but Police has arrested her from hospital.