SRINAGAR: Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) Muhammad Yasin Malik has said the war-like situation on “ceasefire line between India and Pakistan is teasing the criminal silence of the world.”
Addressing massive public gatherings in Homshali Bugh in south Kashmir, Malik said “peace can never be established in vacuum nor does it come with rhetoric and cosmetic measures.”
“War like situation on ceasefire line is actually teasing the criminal silence of the world,” Malik according to JKLF spokesman said while addressing public gatherings in Hom Shali Bugh, Frisal, Badroo, Yaripora and other adjacent villages.
Malik said Indian and Pakistan fought wars in 1947, 1965, 1971 and 1999 (Kargil) because of Kashmir dispute. “These wars consumed thousands of human lives from both sides. And this continued war-like situation has jeopardized the peace, prosperity and stability of this whole region. Kashmiris too lost lakhs of their loved ones and continue to be suffering because of this dispute,” he said.
Malik said the world community must realize and rise to the occasion. “They should try to solve this issue endangering not only the peace of south Asia but as a nuclear flash point threatening the peace of the whole world also. Ironically world chose the attitude of ignorance and acted like some football match referee, who only tries to diffuse current tension on the ground and watches the game as a spectator,” he said.
Malik said that presently India and Pakistan are again engaged in a war like situation. “India and Pakistani military is bombing each other, taking human lives and because of this hundreds of villages on cease fire line have been evacuated making thousands of Kashmiris homeless. Kashmiris today want to ask the world community why it is silent on Kashmir. Why don’t they realize that without solving Jammu Kashmir dispute they will never be able to secure peace between India and Pakistan,” he said.
“Sermons and rhetoric can never achieve anything and peace is not established in vacuum. World has to solve the issues and disputes that are constantly threatening its peace and stability. No sane person can ignore the fact that Kashmir is the core issue that is endangering the peace and stability of sub continent and without solving this dispute one cannot dream of a lasting peace and stable south Asia,” he said.
Yasin said India, Pakistan and world have to accept the owner status of Kashmiris and include them in the process related to the resolution of this dispute.
On the issue of continued “oppression “in Jammu, Bhaderwah, Doda, Kishtwar, Ramban and other areas , Malik said “instead of banning and disbanding the VDC, rulers have unleashed a reign of terror on common people especially Muslims.”
“Spree of arrests, slapping PSA and other repressive measures have become the order of the day. It is ironical that rulers just to please communal parties have started a fresh oppression against common people in Jammu region,” he said.
Condemning what he termed as “state sponsored terrorism”, Malik said people of Kashmir stand by their Jammu brethren in this hour of grief and oppression.
“The enthusiasm and love for freedom of the common Kashmiri was evident on the streets of Hom Shali Bugh as men, women, elderly and young joined the caravan of Azadi led by chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik from Frisal to Yaripora. On arrival at Frisal Yasin Malik and his delegation was accorded a warm welcome. Women came out of their houses singing traditional Kashmiri folk songs, showering sweets and flowers on Malik and his caravan,” the spokesman said.
The rallies that walked on foot for about seven kilometers witnessed emotional scenes. “Youth kept chanting slogans in favor of Azadi, martyrs, JKLF and Yasin Malik, elder women prayed for the participants and showered flowers on Yasin Malik while he kept walking and attending various gatherings,” the spokesman said. NNI
Geelani calls for civil curfew on Sep 7
–Show aimed at diverting attention from rights abuses, Kashmir dispute
SRINAGAR, Sep 03 (NNI): Upping his ante against Zubin Mehta concert at famous Shalimar garden here, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (G) Syed Ali Shah Geelani has called for protests on Friday and civil curfew on Saturday to protest against the show.
Geelani termed the much-hyped event as “an attempt to divert attention from human rights violations and Kashmir dispute.”
“Keeping the sentiments of people of Jammu and Kashmir in view, this concert is against the ground realities and situation in the state. We express our strong resentment against this political event which is purely aimed to divert attention from human rights violations and Kashmir dispute,” Geelani said while addressing a press conference at his Hyderpora residence.
Geelani said by organizing the concert, Government of India through Germany wants to hoodwink international community about the ground situation in Kashmir. “This concert in Kashmir will be telecast globally and those people who are unaware about Kashmir situation will get a wrong impression that Kashmir is not a disputed territory,” he said.
Geelani said in 2004 a delegation of European Union termed Kashmir a “beautiful prison.” “The European Union delegation after making on-the-spot assessment also termed Kashmir a highly militarized zone and recommended that people of Jammu and Kashmir be given right to self-determination to resolve the longstanding dispute,” he said.
Geelani alleged that Salman Soz, son of JK Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) president and former Union Minister Prof Saif-ud-Din Soz is “sponsoring” Zubin concert.
“In one the programmes on BBC, Salman Soz said the concert will boost tourism in Kashmir. Salman also said the concert is apolitical. I want to maintain that any activity in conflict zones cannot be apolitical. There are political interests and objectives behind every such activity in disputed zones,” he said.
Elaborating, Geelani said musical and entertainment programmes are hallmark of the nations which are free and whose citizens enjoy all fundamental rights. “However, in Kashmir people are passing through trepidation and are reeling under oppression. Kashmiris are being killed, their land snatched, natural and economic resources looted, thousands of youth languishing in jails and facing torture. In this situation, there is no justification to organize this musical programme,” Geelani said.
Geelani urged people to observe complete shutdown on Saturday. “We are grateful to shopkeepers and business community for observing shutdowns on our call and today I would like to made a special appeal to transporters to make this strike successful. We all Kashmiri’s ought to show a united face,” he said. NNI