Hurriyat Conference (m) on Thursday while strongly denouncing the “cowardly and inhuman acts” of the forces said that the “repressive policies” of the GOI backed by their local “collaborators” were increasing by the day.
“Govt of India having declared Kashmir ‘a war zone’, absolute power had been given to the armed forces to deal with the civilian population as they will, resulting in increase in killings and severe injuries and other grave human rights abuses at the hands of forces and the police. Student agitation across the valley for the past two months against such severe repression and for resolution of the political dispute, is again met with use of force causing injuries to students or is dealt by shutting down the educational institutions, which is quiet ironic as the state and central rulers were very “concerned” about the education of Kashmiris last year during the summer agitation,” a spokesperson quoted its cairman Mirwaiz Umar as having said.
Mirwaiz was chairing the annual general council and ecxecutive council meeting of the amalgam at its party headquarters.
“Simultaneously a witch hunt has been launched by the GOI against resistance activists aides and traders by conducting illegal and forcible raids on their homes to intimidate and malign them and in turn weaken the freedom movement and demoralize the people. A raid in this connection was also conducted on the house of Media Advisor APHC Shahid ul Islam who continues to be under house arrest, where the bank loan papers of his house and car and his family members cell phones were taken away, an action which APHC strongly condemns and demands immediate end of his house detention,” the statement added.
It further said: “A viscous propaganda campaign has also been launched by a section of unscrupulous Indian electronic media working at the behest of Indian state and its agencies and being funded by them to demonize and malign the people and the leadership and to mislead the people of India and raise hyper-nationalist passion in them by distorting and obfuscating the facts of Kashmir.”
The meeting reiterated that all these “devious ploys” and repressive policies being experimented upon in Kashmir will in no way alter the status of the conflict in Kashmir and the dispute over it.
The meeting urged the GOI to accept the reality on ground in Kashmir and initiate a process of conflict resolution either by granting the people the right to self determination as promised by Indian leadership and ratified by UN resolutions or by engaging in a process of time bound and result oriented dialogue and deliberations with the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the Government of Pakistan towards a resolution that represents the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.