Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that there is no alternative to efforts needed to resolve the Kashmir dispute “which is bleeding Kashmiris each day”.
Addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz condemned the latest civilian killings and asked how long will GOI refuse to accept that people of Kashmir “are not paid agents of some so-called instigators who are protesting at their behest, but are a nation of people who consciously and with conviction are engaged and offering huge sacrifices in decades-long struggle to achieve their basic political right of self-determination.”
Mirwaiz said that It was strange that while India considered its struggle against the British Rule as a freedom struggle and its leaders as freedom fighters, “it considers our freedom struggle as terrorism and our activists and freedom fighters as terrorists and subversives!”
He said the current young generation of Kashmiris “raised in the repressive and stifling environment of forcible control, are determined and making this demand in absolutely clear terms in every possible way and through all mediums available to them, despite being mercilessly killed, blinded, maimed curbed banned gagged and despite facing all forms of repression by the state.”
Mirwaiz said the resulting violence as a consequence of “unprecedented oppression” and delay in resolution of the dispute is leading to “killing of those as well who represent state institutions.”
Later as per Joint Resistance program Mirwaiz led a protest rally at Jamia Masjid.