Kashmiris’ Struggle Cannot Be Suppressed: Mirwaiz

3 September 2008
Pakistan Observer

Srinagar: The Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has asked India to read writing on the wall and realise that it would never succeed in suppressing Kashmiris’ liberation struggle through the use of brute force. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said this in his maiden media interview in Srinagar after his release from 8-day imprisonment. He said that the occupation authorities had unleashed a reign of terror all across the territory to intimidate people to submission. He pointed out that force against peaceful demonstrators was being randomly used, youth were being arrested and subjected to torture. He denounced booking of Hurriyet leaders including Shabbir Ahmed Shah under black law, Public Safety Act. The APHC Chairman emphasised that no amount of Indian State terrorism would deter the All Parties Hurriyet Conference from its march towards the goal of people’s right to self-determination. Despite heavy contingents of Indian forces’ personnel, dozens of people’s delegations reached the residences of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik after their release from illegal detention. Senior Kashmiri Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani was admitted to Soura medical institute after his release last night, where his condition was monitored by the doctors. Meanwhile, the APHC spokesman announced in Srinagar that Hurriyet’s Executive Council and Jammu and Kashmir Coordination Committee will hold a meeting in Srinagar to chalk out future strategy. In Islamabad, leader of the APHC-AJK chapter, Mehmood Ahmad Saghar said in a statement that the Public Safety Act was slapped on Shabbir Ahmed Shah in vengeance as he was making strenuous efforts of broad based unity amongst the pro-liberation leaders and organisations. In London, the Executive Director of Kashmir Centre London, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl while condemning the continued Indian state terrorism and indefinite curfew in occupied Kashmir appealed to the international community to help resolve Kashmir dispute in accordance with Kashmiris’ aspirations. And in Pampore, a candle lit protest demonstration was staged against Indian state terrorism. Two dead bodies, one of a women, were recovered from Kishtwar and Udhampur.