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Statements of Jaitely and Army chief aimed at inciting Kashmiri Youth to pick guns: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq

‘It is the sad story of one-upmanship, and tit for tat between India and Pakistan, that is played out each day in Jammu & Kashmir and along the LoC and in which civilians get caught and suffer’

Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (M) chief, who continues to be under House arrest at his Nigeen residence, said that the statement issued by Defence Minister of India and its Army Chief are aimed at “inciting our youth to pick up arms and get killed”.

The Government of India (GoI) has decided to openly admit that it has handed over Kashmir and the people of Kashmir to its army, granting them absolute authority and no accountability, to deal with Kashmiris as the army wills, with the sole objective that Kashmir remains part of India no matter if all Kashmiris have to be repressed, killed or humiliated for that, said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday.

He termed the statement as “appalling”.

Mirwaiz referred to the statement of Arun Jaitely who supported Major Nitin Leetul Gogoi for using a Kashmiri civilian as a human shield, and statement of Gen Bipin Rawat who said that he wished that the youth in Kashmir used guns instead of stones during clashes with the Army and other forces personnel.

“The level of arrogance of power and contempt exhibited towards the people of Kashmir, through such insensitive statements, no longer shocks the people of Kashmir, as we have  come to realize that we are no longer considered human beings by the Indian state and that New Delhi is only interested in a military solution to a political and human issue,” the incarcerated Mirwaiz said.

“I would like to ask GoI that if the dispute could not be resolved through a Military solution over the last 70 years, when wars have been  fought externally and severe repression unleashed internally upon Kashmiris, in which lakhs of Kashmiris and thousands of  Indians and Pakistanis have perished and continue to do so, as a means of dispute resolution, how can it produce a different result now, when the next generation of Kashmiris raised under occupation is all the more determined to achieve their fundamental right to exercise their will?”

Human Rights Watch Executive Director in a statement released on his Twitter account condemned the statement of Gen Bipin Rawat saying he showed “criminal leadership”.

Strongly condemning the Uri incident in which the two unidentified elderly men were killed by the Indian forces, and buried stealthily  in the dead of night, while claiming them to be members of Pakistan’s BAT, Mirwaiz said, “it is the sad story of one-upmanship and tit for tat between India and Pakistan that is played out each day in Jammu & Kashmir and along the LoC and in which civilians get caught and suffer.”

“Maturity and goodwill demand that all accept the reality of the problem at hand which is essentially political and human in nature, and resolve it as such i.e. politically and in keeping with human values and principles. No amount of military might can solve the dispute,” he added.

The statement issued by the Hurriyat Conference (M) said that Mirwaiz also paid tributes to the daughters of the nation: Aasiya and Neelofar of Shopian who were in an act of extreme barbarity raped and murdered on this day allegedly by the forces eight years ago.


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