Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq welcomed the statements of politician turned bureaucrat Mani Shankar Aiyar where he had stated that people in Kashmir had a feeling that they are being ruled by police and army.
“Congress has been in power at the centre for most of the time but unfortunately their policies have remained anti-Kashmiri. They are hoodwinking and keeping people in India in dark about the realities in Kashmir”, Mirwaiz said while talking to a local news agency, KNS.
He said Aiyar should convey his feelings to people in power in the centre. “They (centre) are more interested in safeguarding their interests than keeping human values and rights in mind while dealing with Kashmiris”, he said while expressing surprise over Aiyar’s statement about need for continuation of AFSPA in the state. “It only speaks about his double speak. If on one hand he has concern for Kashmiris and their feelings, how come he advocates AFSPA in the same breath”, the Mirwaiz added.
Democratic Freedom Party President, Shabir Ahmad Shah said the statement of Aiyar makes it clear that Kashmir is being ruled by Police and Army. “He has also endorsed the fact that police killed youth and young children during 2008-2010 unrests which should be an eye opener for all as Aiyar himself is part of Congress that has been in power during the period in the state and the centre”, he told KNS adding that if Aiyar is sincere in his statements, the Government of India should return the mortal remains of Maqbool Bhat and Afzal Guru to their family members.
While terming the Kashmiri youth as the torch bearers of freedom movement, Mirwaiz has stressed, “They (youth) should exhibit unity and provide strength and stability to the right to self determination struggle till it reaches its logical end.”
Addressing a gathering organized by Majlis at Kawdara in old city, Mirwaiz has said that Islam was the supreme religion and politics formed one of its significant parts. Tracing the relationship between Majlis and freedom struggle of Jammu and Kashmir, he said, “AMA has offered innumerable sacrifices since 1931 for the cause. The cause for which the sacrifices were laid would reach to its logical conclusion.”