Srinagar: Defying house arrest to pay tribute to martyrs of 13 July 1931 on Friday, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was arrested by police deployed in large numbers outside his Nigeen residence.
While speaking media outside his residence prior to arrest, Mirwaiz said that in keeping with the tradition of paying floral tributes to these martyrs who are among the first to lay down their lives in Kashmiris struggle for liberation from tyrannical foreign control, a precedent set since the time of Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq, he was moving towards the martyrs graveyard but is being “forcibly stopped”.
“These martyrs are the torch bearers of our struggle for self determination who set the precedent to stand up to repression and fight for our fundamental right, the right to be masters of our destiny,” Mirwaiz said. “Tremendous sacrifices of life have been made since then and lakhs of Kashmiris have been martyred and continue to be killed for the fulfillment of this quest.”
Mirwaiz said undoubtedly it is an uphill task that the brave people of the nation have undertaken “but to break the yoke of subjugation and achieve freedom is the dream of every nation which is worth all the struggle and sacrifice being offered”.
He welcomed the statement of UN chief Antonio Guttres backing Zeid’s call for international investigation into human rights situation in Kashmir.
“Instead of calling the UN report biased and fallacious, GOI should understand that it cannot forever cloak the gravest human rights abuses being perpetuated here by their forces from the eyes of the world. Truth always comes out and no amount of denial or propaganda can change that fact,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that human rights abuses are a consequence of forcible control, when armed forces are pitched against rebelling civilians.
“Once GOI accepts that Kashmir dispute cannot be addressed militarily without causing human rights abuses but has to be addressed politically, all this will change and peace can return to the subcontinent and all of us can be rid of accusing and defending charges,” he said.
Mirwaiz urged New Delhi to give up its obduracy and resolve the Kashmir dispute in the spirit of democracy and give people the right to self-determination.
He also criticized the ruling dispensation for barring people from offering prayers at Jamia Masjid for the 10th week this year and other Masjids in downtown Srinagar by enforcing curfew and restrictions.