Srinagar: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was arrested by authorities as soon as he defied his house arrest to move towards Shopian to express condolences with the bereaved families and solidarity with the people, spokesperson of the amalgam said on Wednesday.
He strongly condemned the arrest of Mirwaiz along with Hurriyat leader Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, AAC leaders Ghulam Qadir Beigh, Advocate Yasir Dalal, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Farooq Ahmed and others and said that claims of authorities regarding freedom of leadership to move stand exposed.
Before his arrest, Mirwaiz addressed the people and media gathered outside his residence.
“It is a sad but telling reality that not even a whimper of concern or protest is expressed at the brutal killing of Kashmiris by any among India’s humanists, rights activists, civil society members or writers. They have closed their eyes and ears to the injustices and atrocities being committed here and no one among them wants to question it,” he said in a statement issued to GNS.
Mirwaiz said New Delhi repeatedly says Kashmir is integral part of India. “It’s the land of Kashmir that they want to keep grabbed by forcible control while the people of Kashmir are the impediment to them,” he said.
“Let me tell them that Kashmir is no one’s integral part it belongs to the people of Kashmir and it is our fundamental right to decide our future and destiny and people of Kashmir are giving supreme scarifies for this cause. No amount of might will break our resolve. Nor will propaganda lies and fake narratives. Kashmir was and is a dispute that has to be resolved through right to self determination,” he said.
While our current condition is a result of New Delhi’s obstinacy, the local “quislings” in the form of PDP and NC are equally responsible. “Their lust for power has made them repeatedly compromise the interests of Kashmiris and today we have come to a stage where our fourth generation from 1947 is paying the price of their lust with its blood,” Mirwaiz said.