May 2017 News

Pakistan Supporter, Not Sponsor Of Kashmir Movement: Bilal

22 May 2017
Rising Kashmir

Srinagar: Senior leader of Hurriyat Conference (M) and Chairman Peoples Conference Bilal Gani Lone Monday said Pakistan is supporter and not sponsor of the Kashmir movement. Hurriyat Conference (M) organised a commemorative meet at Town Hall Kupwara to pay tributes to the late Muhammad Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone and martyrs of Hawal. The function was presided over Hurriyat executive council member and Peoples Conference Chairman Bilal Gani Lone. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq couldn't attend the program as he continues to remain under house arrest at his Nigeen residence in Srinagar. Speaking on the occasion, Bilal said the supporters and lovers of his late father gathered to reiterate their commitment to his political ideology. 'We gather to reiterate our commitment to the political ideology of Lone Sahab. We are committed to taking forward his ideology,' he said. 'We have time and again stressed on India and Pakistan to let the Kashmiri people choose their own destiny. Without involvement of Kashmiris, there can be no resolution of the Kashmir dispute, which is an internationally accepted dispute,' Lone said. He said after his father's killing, he joined the separatist movement and taking forward his father's mission is his duty. 'Freedom is not achieved by itself, we have to struggle for it,' he said. Bilal said his late father worked tirelessly the betterment of people. 'His role would be recorded in the golden leaves of Kashmir's separatist movement. We reiterate his commitment for resolution of Kashmir dispute by involving Kashmiris in the process of resolution'. 'Today's congregational tributes to the great martyrs is based on the fact that we should take a pledge to protect the blood and mission of these martyrs and play our role to take the ongoing movement to its realisation. It's time to introspect and to shoulder responsibilities collectively,' he said. Lone said the sacrifices rendered by the separatist leadership and people of Kashmir can never be forgotten. Asked about the sting operation by a TV channel on separatist leaders, Bilal said, 'Nayeem Khan has said that the video was doctored and I believe in him'. He asserted that Pakistan is a supporter of the Kashmir movement and not a sponsor. 'We are Kashmiris are we should know how to play our cards'. In his speech, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat in a veiled reference to New Delhi said in the changing global scenario, there is no scope for the politics of hatred, politics on the basis of military might and politics of rigidity and stubbornness. He said Kashmir issue is not just a threat to peace for the sub-continent but to the entire South Asia and the resolution of Kashmir issue according to aspirations of its people is now need of the hour for permanent and everlasting peace in the region Bhat condemned the continuous house detention of Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and termed it worst form of political vengeance and 'State terrorism'. 'Preventing Mirwaiz from attending the various programs in connection with the Hafta-e-Shahadat (martyr's week) won't deter the resolve of observing martyrs week and it is now the collective responsibility of people to take the mission set by the martyrs like Mirwaiz Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone, martyrs of Hawal and all the martyrs of Jammu and Kashmir, to its logical conclusion,' he said. Hurriyat (M) leaders Musadiq Adil, Abdul Manan Bukhari, Sheikh Afzal, Advocate Abdul Majeed Banday, Khalil Muhammad Khalil, Ghulam Nabi Najar and Zahoor Ahmed Bhat, the brother of JKLF founder Muhammad Maqbool Bhat also addressed the gathering.