Terming stone pelting as a tool in the hands of deprived people, Hurriyat Conference led by Syed Ali Geelani in its statement has said that stone pelting in Jammu and Kashmir has since long been used as a tool of resistance.
“It is ridiculous to blame Pakistan for instigating stone pelting. Indian authorities are suffering from phobia and instead of realizing the ground realities, they unnecessarily imprecate Pakistan,” the statement said.
Accusing India of taking people of J&K for ride, a spokesman of the amalgam said that the ill treatment meted out to Kashmiris confirms this perception that Indian authorities take them for ride and hence the people are right when they show their resentment and anger.
Refuting the accusation against Pakistan and history of stone pelting, he said that Kashmiri people resisted & pelted stones even against Mughal armies & Pakistan was still a dream and no more existing on map.
Referring to Quit Kashmir movement against Dogra autocracy, he said that people expressed their resentment & resorted to stone pelting as they were resisting tyrannical attitude of Dogra rulers.
“Stone as a tool of resentment remained there even after Dogra regime was overthrown & when Indian forces occupied our state,” he said.
The spokesperson said that stone pelting was a measure and characteristic tool for 22 years during right to self-determination movement.
Referring to authorities in Delhi, the spokesperson said that they are fully aware about the modus operandi adopted during “resistance movement” in Jammu and Kashmir and despite all this their accusation against Pakistan depicts New Delhi’s “frustration”. “Their egoistic approach is a big hurdle and they are turning blind eyes to hard realities,” he added.