Tufail Mattoo’s Anniversary: Welfare Tactics won’t Change Character of Army, says KUSU

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Slain teenager Zahid Farooq's Father addressing KU students on Wednesday afternoon in Iqbal Library lawns.
Slain teenager Zahid Farooq’s father addressing KU students on Wednesday afternoon in Iqbal Library lawns.

Kashmir University Students’ Union (KUSU) Wednesday organized a “remembrance program for martyrs” of 2010 uprising.

A KUSU statement issued this evening said, “the main speakers on the occasion included Mohammad Ashraf – late Tufail’s father and Farooq Ahmad – late Wamiq’s father.”

“Expressing their dismay over the so-called justice system under occupation, they said they have been made to run from pillar to post but of no avail,” the statement quoted them as having said.

“All the occupational regimes have been shielding the murders as a policy design. They expressed their overwhelming joy over the support expressed by the students’ community of the university and also pledged to continue the struggle till their last breaths.”

Students who spoke on the occasion expressed their solidarity with the families of 125 people who were killed “at the hands of Indian forces”.

“Students also spoke against the Indian army’s aid to KU under Operation Sadbhavna last month,” the KUSU statement said adding, “They said that these so called welfare tactics won’t change the character of Indian army of an occupier.”

One of the students, the statement further said, “also expressed his dismay over KU authorities allowing the Indian Army to enter KU premises & becoming a willing instrument of Indian Army’s Sadbhavna program.”

“Other students also pointed out to the police-public cricket league which is currently going in KU grounds. They said that their hands are stained with the blood of our martyrs. Their public relations programs will not in any way wash away their crimes they have committed against Kashmiris.”

The students also talked about the “idea of justice as the end of Indian occupation in Kashmir”. “Oppression and injustice is a feature of Indian occupation. The killings in 2010 are yet other attempts to crush the ongoing freedom struggle.”

The event was marked with sloganeering and holding of banners and placards “in support of Azadi struggle”. “A large banner containing the photos of almost all the people who were martyred in 2010 uprising was displayed at the venue,” the statement added.

“Students from all the departments started assembling near Iqbal Library Lawns at 2 PM. Although, there was stiff resistance from the proctor wing & heavy deployment of police all around the campus but this didn’t deter the students from joining the program. Some of the students were intimidated and pressurized not to join the program through their Head of departments,” the statement concluded.

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