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Separatists assail: Army chief’s warning
SRINAGAR, Feb 16: The army chief General Bipin Rawat’s stern warning to protestors not to disrupt the anti-militancy operations in Kashmir has come under severe criticism by separatist camp here.

Senior separatist leaders, Syed Ali Shah, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik have issued separate statements in this connection.

Mirwaiz said the threat issued by Gen Bipin Rawat to the people of Kashmir is unfortunate and reflects a tyrannical mindset towards the people of Kashmir. He said that the army chief needs to ask the executive of his country as to why is the institution of army being used by them to crush a mass political movement of people demanding their political right and why do people at the obvious risk to their lives gather. “Only because they see them as freedom fighters pushed by the arrogance of Indian state which is not willing to address the Kashmir dispute politically and pushing educated youth towards armed resistance,” the Hurriyat (M) chairman added.

Mirwaiz said the army chief should be in know of the fact that people of Kashmir were fighting for their right to self determination since 1947 and India had left no stone unturned to unleash every known type of atrocity on Kashmiris. Only in the popular uprising of 2016, the tyrannical acts of the government forces have left more than 100 sons of soil dead, thousands injured with pellet guns, scores of them blinded and maimed forever.

“Before labeling Kashmiris as anti-nations, Gen Rawat should realise that Kashmiri nation was not fighting any nation or any political party but striving for its just rights which the Indian state had dealt with by killing tens and thousands of Kashmiris, subjecting over 10,000 people to enforced disappearances, burying thousands in unmarked graves, damaging property worth billions of dollars, harassing people, torturing youth with third degree in interrogation centres, oppression and suppression, arrests and detentions, restrictions, custodial killings and even sending people to gallows in fake cases,” Mirwaiz said.

Terming army chief’s statement an apparent threat to carry killing spree of civilians, Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani said that since 1947, India is carrying these bloodbaths.

Hurriyat (G) chairman said their arrogance and stale thinking is the basic reason for continuous bloodshed and political uncertainty in state. “People of the state and particularly the youth are up against this hegemony and suppression. People exhibit their extreme valour and without any fear even face tough and dangerous situations,” he added.

Chairman JKLF Mohammad Yasin Malik said that threats and intimidations have and cannot break the will of nations.

Malik said that the statement made by Army chief is ‘a case of political immaturity’ and should not be termed but as ‘ridiculous and absurd’.

He said army chief by issuing these kinds of statements has shown his ‘anti-human attitude and lack of political wisdom’ and this statement amounts to his direct threat to the whole Kashmiri nation.

Malik said, “Threats, intimidations and oppressive measures have and cannot suppress the voices of freedom because if it was so, India of which he is army chief today would not have been among free nations today.”

Terming this statement as ‘an open invitation to many for picking up arms’, the JKLF chairman said, “Army chief must realize that he cannot scare a nation that has sacrificed more than a hundred thousand of its men, women, youth and children during ongoing resistance movement”.

“This statement may add to the miseries of Kashmiris but it will also push many youth to the wall and, drive them towards arms struggle and hence promote violence in this region,” he said.

News Updated at : Friday, February 17, 2017
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