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New Year’s Eve Separatists speak about past year

Yasir Ashraf
Agence India Press

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (G) Friday Termed 2011 as fateful and tragic year and said that the year would be remembered for Sopore custodial killing, Poonch fake encounter, arrest of minors and their detention under PSA.

The spokesperson of Hurriyat (G) said that from Indian Home Minister, P Chidambaram to (Chief Minister) Omar Abdullah, everyone tried to project 2011 as peaceful year in Kashmir. But the reality was that silence of graveyard was maintained at gun point and doors of jails and interrogation centers were kept open.

“If Omar Abdullah and his masters think that by keeping Geelani sahib under house arrest and putting restrictions on movement on pro-freedom leadership, they have achieved anything big, then they are gravely mistaken,” he claimed.

The Hurriyat spokesman said that it was only because of the use of ‘brute force’ that people didn’t come on roads in 2011. “65 years have passed since India occupied Kashmir, but Kashmiris haven’t accepted India’s rule even for a day. If some one thinks that because of peaceful 2011, Kashmir issue is over, he is living in fools’ paradise,” he added.

Akbar warned that nobody should take situation of 2011 as final. “People, who think Kashmiris are fed up with the movement and repeat of 2010 like situation isn’t possible, are wrong. History is witness that Kashmiris have come out of such situations in the past also. Be it 1971, 1975 or situation after 2008 assembly elections. If restrictions are lifted this time even, people will come on roads like 2008 and 2010 again,” he warned.

The Hurriyat spokesman said that nobody can make guesses what will be the situation in 2012.

Meanwhile, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Geelani has urged the world human rights organisations including Amnesty International and Red Cross International to take the issue of illegal detention of a Kashmiri, Ghulam Qadir Butt and sought their help shift him to Srinagar Central Jail as per orders of High Court of Jammu and Kashmir.

Hurriyat (G) Spokesman in a statement sent to Agence India Press condemned the shift of Ghulam Qadir Butt to the notorious Amphala jail in the Indian State of Punjab from Kathua jail in Jammu, said that the decision reflected the vindictive mentality of Indian police towards the Kashmiris.

He said that the detainee, Ghulam Qadir Butt, had been shifted to Amphala jail in Punjab to inflict more mental torture and pain on him. The spokesman reminded the occupation authorities a verdict of the Indian Supreme Court that a detainee had the right to be kept in a jail located close by to his native area so that his relatives could easily visit him.

The spokesman said that Ghulam Qadir Butt had been languishing in jail for the last several years in a fake case and during this period he lost his several relatives including his wife.

Meanwhile, Rejecting Chief Minster Omar Abdullah’s appeal to woo people for paying their electricity dues, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday challenged Omar to recover the unpaid 750 crore rupees from Army and paramilitary forces which according to him are lying pending with them as electricity charges.
He blamed the government for failing to recover the amount. “Out of Rs 1100 crore outstanding on account of power dues, 750 crore is pending with forces,” he added.

Addressing a public gathering at Beerwah in Central Kashmir after Friday prayers, the Mirwaiz said, “Our natural resources have been looted and exploited for last 65 years. New Delhi is working on a deliberate strategy of making Kashmiris people dependent for their survival. If Arab countries could prosper on oil resources, Jammu and Kashmir could have done so on water resources.”

He alleged that the State government had failed at every front to provide relief to the common people.
The Mirwaiz lashed out at New Delhi blaming it of depriving Kashmiris to take benefit from their own natural resources. “India has made us slaves by taking control on all our resources. We can generate 20,000 MW electricity from our water resources which can fetch us Rs 60,000 crore annually,” he claimed.

Terming Jawaharlal Tunnel as the only life line and hope of survival for Kashmiris, the Hurriyat chairman said, “In 90’s European Union had offered to make investments in Kashmir but New Delhi did not allow them which clearly indicates that they (GoI) wants Kashmiris to remain dependent on them.”

Mirwaiz said that India was spending 30 percent of its annual budget on defence owing to Kashmir dispute. He urged India and Pakistan to come forward and resolve the dispute.

He also said that during Musharaff’s time Pakistan had renewed its efforts to solve the dispute but India was never serious about it. “We urge both India and Pakistan to demilitarize the line of control as a confidence building measure,” he demanded.

He also maintained that the element of seriousness in these talks could be induced through withdrawal of Indian troops from the occupied territory. He said that Kashmiris were the masters of their destiny and no solution to the dispute could be imposed upon them.

Meanwhile, senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and Democratic Freedom Party president Shabir Ahmad Shah was arrested today when he was leaving to address a public gathering at Shopian by a heavy contingent of police at Pulwama.
Shabir Ahmad Shah was on way to Shopian to address a public meeting after Friday prayers when a heavy contingent of police stopped his vehicle and took him into custody at Newa, Pulwama.
The party spokesperson, Moulana Mohammad Abdullah Tari condemned Shah’s arrest and said that India would never succeed in its efforts to weaken the liberation movement by keeping Shabir Shah away from the people.
Senior Hurriyat Conference (M) leader and Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement, Zaffar Akbar Bhat has said that peace will continue to elude in the region until the Kashmir dispute is resolved in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.

The JKSM Chairman, while addressing mass contact programme at Jamia Masjid Hafsa, Wanbal, Srinagar, said that the people of Kashmir could not think of backtracking from the liberation struggle after rendering so many sacrifices.

Zaffar Akbar Bhat has demanded immediate and unconditional release of all political prisoners including JKSM leader, Sabzar Ahmed Dar, pro-freedom leaders, Mushtaq-ul-Islam, Mohammad Ayoub Dar, Ghualam Qadir Bhat and Mohammad Yasin Yatoo. He maintained that the detained leaders were being subjected to political vendetta.

He reiterated that the Kashmiris were determined to take the peaceful liberation movement to its logical conclusion against all odds.

The Hurriyat leader demanding complete withdrawal of Armed Forces and all ‘black’ laws from Kashmir said that the Indian Army was running the destiny of Jammu and Kashmir while the pro-India regime was busy serving the interests of New Delhi and strengthening Indian rule in
Jammu and Kashmir. He added that the regime in Kashmir was a joke as the people of Kashmir are also suffering from electricity, roads, water and other basic needs of daily life. (AIP News)

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