Srinagar: The Congress on Saturday said that people like Mirwaiz Umar Farooq are worsening the situation in Kashmir Valley.
The Congress reaction is on Mirwaiz’s allegation that “each day young educated boys are being killed in Kashmir and there is a belief in some that once all of them are killed, the Kashmir problem will be over.”
Killing all militants will not solve the Kashmir problem, Mirwaiz said on Friday, warning the government that for each youth killed, “ten more will stand up”.
The “problem” — unrest and militancy in Kashmir — will continue as long as there was “repression”, the Mirwaiz said at the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid Srinagar after 57 days of house arrest, according to a statement.
“Each day, young educated boys are being killed and there is a belief in some that once all of them are killed, the problem will be over. But those that think this forget that these boys took to arms as a reaction to repression and for the resolution of the dispute, and as long as there is repression and force as a state response, while you may kill one, ten more will stand up,” he said.
Congress leader P.C. Chacko said that people like Mirwaiz are worsening the situation in Kashmir. “We have to see from where the provocation is coming? Mirwaiz should answer that also. People like Mirwaiz provoke people to attack the armed forces or take an anti-India position. These people are worsening the situation,” Chacko said.
Congress leader Sandeep Dikshit said that anybody who will challenge the law or the constitution of the country will face equivalent consequences.
“Whenever a militant will stand up against the nation we will crush him,” said Dikshit.
“It is obvious that if a person challenges law and the Constitution of India then action needs to be taken against them. It is obvious if anybody will stand against the nation our security forces will combat and curb that force,” he added.