Peoples’ Conference Chairman Sajad Gani Lone Sunday stated that the role of militants in Kashmir movement cannot be undermined or ignored as they have endangered their lives for a cause.
Lone while talking to local news gathering agency Kashmir News Service (KNS) observed that the militants have got their own space in Kashmir and that the role of the same is hard to ignore or overlook. “Militants are the people who endanger their lives for a cause. I believe they have their role in the movement and particularly the ones who belong to this land.”
However, Lone stated that the people here want the negotiated settlement of Kashmir dispute. “I cannot comment on whether gun can resolve Kashmir or not but I firmly believe that the people of Kashmir want a negotiated settlement.”
Claiming that the ideology of Hurriyat Conference (G) Chairman Syed Ali Geelani is unrealistic and the same cannot be implemented on ground, Lone observed that the Huriyat (M) and JKLF must be given the political space and that the policy of these parties is deliverable on ground. “I respect Geelani Sahib but the stand he has taken, is unrealistic and cannot be practiced on ground. He believes that the people of Kashmir are super humans who would never get tired and never become hungry but it is not true. People here have suffered a lot at all fronts and we must think about people when we talk of the resistance movement.”
Lone further stated that the ground reality is that those who vote are also on streets whenever there are the strike calls given by the pro-freedom camp. “They cannot be termed traitors because they vote. They vote so that their day to day issues would get resolved. They have the genuine problems but we throw them in the lap of corrupt politicians by issuing the boycott calls.”
Commenting over the present political situation of valley, Lone said that the people must participate in the election process at present and boycott only benefits corrupt people to capture power in the state. “Let me tell you honestly that boycott has only achieved three things in valley so far. One is, that NC that had closed its offices, emerged again. Second Congress that had no base in valley claims to be our representative at present and third that the right wing of Congress, PDP got introduced to valley’s political world.”
The Peoples’ Conference Chairman further added that he will contest in forthcoming assembly polls and that his party will field the candidates for the parliamentary elections as well. “I will contest in assembly elections but our party will field candidates for parliamentary polls in the Kashmir province. For Jammu we will wait till the results of the parliament elections are out and then we will decide accordingly.”
Stating that he neither is a separatist nor a mainstream politician, Lone said that he believes in rationalism that he tries to be a rationalist. “I am a rationalist who believes in a resistance movement and also accepts the fact that people here have day to day issues that need to be resolved.”
Slamming the present legislators for remaining mute spectators over the mortal remains of Azfal Guru, Lone said that the assembly members only raised hollow slogans over the subtle issues. “We have seen how the assembly members have dodged the issue of V.K. Singh and how they raised the hollow slogans for the mortal remains of Afzal Guru. They have done nothing for Kashmir. We will never allow anyone to hijack this sacred place for vested interests.”
Referring to the regional mainstream political parties in the state, he said: “PDP and NC seem different from each other but in actual are the same on ground; they booth loot people and rule like kings in their respective constituencies. They threaten people that if you vote against us, your name in the BPL list will be cancelled.” Lone added that people here have seen the true colours of Congress, PDP and NC and he is sure that the people will not commit the mistake of giving them power again.
Commenting over the forthcoming elections in the state, Lone said that the elections will eradicate big names from the political world of the state and no party here will cross more than 18 seats.