Mirwaiz hails youth for rising against Delhi’s wrong policies

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Under House Arrest/Srinagar—Accusing New Delhi of showing intolerance towards genuine dissent, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday hailed Indian youth for rising against government’s ‘wrong polices.’
Addressing Friday gathering at the Jamia Masjid here over phone from his Nigeen residence, where he continues to remain under house arrest, Mirwaiz said anyone who disagrees with the wrong polices of New Delhi or even simply has a difference of opinion is labelled as an anti-national. “It is unfortunate that all political parties across the board in India have fallen prey to this trap for vote bank politics,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said that it was heartening to see that many among the youth have risen up to challenge “the narrow mindset and unrealistic outlook of the ruling dispensation at New Delhi.”
“These youth have risen only after understanding that challenging the wrong policies of the government or rising against them does not qualify them to be traitors,” the Hurriyat (M) chairman said. He said the Indian youth understand that there are many issues such as Kashmir which need to be dealt with on the basis of principles of justice. “The Indian youth have acknowledged that Kashmir resolution was not possible unless the entire perspective of the issue is understood. These youth know that there is a need for a positive engagement and dialogue,” Mirwaiz said.
He said the arrest and charge of sedition against Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union (JNUSU) President Kanhaiya Kumar and SAR Geelani is highly condemnable. “I also strongly condemn the witch hunt of people who support dissent.”
He said this policy was first used against Kashmiri leadership to stop them from visiting places in “India to engage with the Indian public opinion and inform them about the facts in the Kashmir.”
“We were physically stopped, manhandled and not allowed to speak or put forward our view points. Instead of condemning it and speaking against it then, silence was maintained. Now the same policy is haunting New Delhi,” Mirwaiz said.
He expressed deep regret over the silence adopted by the international community, especially world bodies like the UN, OIC towards the persistent growing culture of “repression and impunity practiced by the Indian authorities in Kashmir.”
“It is disconcerting that the murder of two budding students – Danish Farooq and Shaista Hameed – at the hands of forces has not evoked the condemnation and censure from the international community that such acts deserve,” he said.
Mirwaiz said while Kashmiris have little hope on Indian print or electronic media, it is the duty of international media to highlight these inhuman acts, so that pressure is built upon India to stop killing innocent Kashmiris. “Use of brute force, which results in killings and injuring of unarmed innocent people, torture at detention centers, razing down residential houses, random arrests of political activists, house arrests, harassment of Kashmiris across India is the order of the day,” Mirwaiz said. Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) spokesman while strongly condemning the house arrest of chairman of the amalgam, stating that “the move is the dictatorial face of the authorities.”—GK