In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, APHC General Secretary, Shabbir Ahmad Shah and the Working President of Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference, Jahangir Ghani Butt have expressed concern over the threatening posters that appeared in Uttar Pradesh in which Kashmiri people including students have been asked to leave the Indian state or face dire consequences.
The Hurriyet forum in a statement issued in Srinagar said that such incident had also occurred in past and if the extremist Hindus were not stopped, it would bring serious consequences. He said that it was the responsibility of the Indian government to ensure protection to the Kashmiri students studying in different states of India.
Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a statement issued in Srinagar, condemning the harassment and threatening of Kashmiri students in various Indian states, said, “Such incidents vindicate our stand that a war has been waged in India against Muslims in general and Kashmiris in particular since BJP came to power in New Delhi.”
He appealed to people of India to treat Kashmiri youth the same way as Kashmiris treat the labourers and students coming from Indian states besides impressing upon their rulers to fulfill the promises they have made with the people of Kashmir.
Jahangir Ghani Butt in a statement issued in Srinagar said that such acts were not only unethical and undemocratic but also proved that India’s claims of being the largest democracy of the world were hollow. He said that Kashmiris had always resisted such aggress approach of Indians and would continue to do so in future as well. He said that the Kashmiri people would not get cowed down by such intimidations and would continue their struggle for right to self-determination.
He said that settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the wishes of Kashmiri people was imperative for durable peace in Kashmir.—KMS