#Day33: ‘It’s Union of India That Forced Kashmiri Youth To Carry Stones,’ says Dal Khalsa

KL NEWS NETWORK

SRINAGAR

Dal Khalsa Wednesday asked Indian Prime Minister to explain as to “who is responsible for compelling” Kashmiri youth to pick up the stones instead of laptops and books.

Reacting strongly to PM Narendra Modi’s “so-called outreach to Kashmiri people in his speech”, party head Harpal Singh Cheema termed PM’s K-statement “nothing but playing to gallery besides aiming to mislead international community”.

“Contrary to the claims of PM, it is the Union of India that has crushed the dreams of Kashmiri people, snatched laptops from hands of its young generation and forced them to pick up stones in their fight for rights, land and dignity,” Cheema said in a statement issued this afternoon.

He said the successive Union governments and “its stooges” in the state have “worsened the situation either by deceit or brute force”.

“Words like Insaaniyat and Jamhooriyat sound good but have hollow meaning when spoken by Indian leaders as they had a record of deceit and betrayal,” he said.

He said, “it is ironic that the Prime Minister took more than one month to break his shameful silence after 58 civilian deaths, 5500 injured and 150 rendered blind with pellets.”

“There were reports that certain mischief persons and elements were harassing and humiliating members of Sikhs community residing in certain rural areas in the valley. Such people engineered by state’s dirty department are hell bent to give bad name to Kashmiri movement for Self Determination,” he said.

He appealed Hurriyat leadership especially veteran leader Syed Ali Geelani to rein in such “unscrupulous” elements.

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