Srinagar, Feb 16: Reacting to the Wednesday’s statement of Army chief, General Bipin Rawat in which he called for dealing “harshly” with people protesting during operations and treating them as “anti-national”, Chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the “threat issued by General Bipin Rawat to the people of Kashmir is unfortunate and would deteriorate the already worse situation.
“The statement reflects a tyrannical mindset towards the people of Kashmir; instead of reining in his trigger-happy, unbridled, arrogant forces, people were being threatened to face the consequences of staging peaceful protests, which would deteriorate the already worse situation,” Mirwaiz said.
He said the Army Chief needs to ask the Executive of India 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?”
The Hurriyat (M) Chairman 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,” read a statement quoting the Mirwaiz.
It added that before labeling Kashmiris as “anti-nationals”, General Rawat should realize that people of Kashmir were not “fighting any nation or any political party but striving for its just rights”.
The Chairman further said instead of issuing threats to break the will and resolve of the “freedom-loving” people of Kashmir, it would be prudent for the Army chief to “accept the ground realities in Kashmir where forces open indiscriminate fire on unarmed youth and peaceful protestors and detain and arrest innocent civilians in fake cases to pack detention centres, police stations and jails”.
He said the military and political leadership had “no other option but to come to the grips of the reality that Kashmir issue cannot be dealt with military might or with threats of war but by involving all parties to Kashmir dispute in a meaningful and result-oriented dialogue process, which could also help end political uncertainty in entire South Asia”.