Educated turncoats campaigning against Kashmir struggle: Malik

“In these areas, people’s every affair is managed by the army,” he said. “But we must note that people in Ganderbal and Khonmoh areas, which also went to polls on November 17, stayed away.”

Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Sunday said the resistance leadership wasn’t surprised by voting in border areas of Kashmir “where people live at the mercy of army.” Addressing a seerat conference organised by the Hurriyat Conference (G) at Hyderpora here, Malik said that New Delhi “faced ultimate defeat” after people of Kashmir boycotted en-masse the recently-concluded urban local body elections. “New Delhi got exposed at the international level also where it would sell people’s participation in polls as referendum in its favour,” he said.
People coming out to vote in border areas like Uri, Karnah, Tanghdar and Keran is no surprise for the resistance leadership because these are “cantonment areas where people can’t even breathe or drink water without army’s permission.”

“In these areas, people’s every affair is managed by the army,” he said. “But we must note that people in Ganderbal and Khonmoh areas, which also went to polls on November 17, stayed away.”
Lashing out at mainstream political parties for “hiring educated turncoats” to “run a sustained campaign against the Kashmir struggle on social media”, Malik said: “Now an impression is being created that National Conference is better than PDP and BJP is the alternative to PDP. There is an all-out campaign on the social media by people hired by these parties who, in a bid to damage the Kashmir struggle, try to create an atmosphere for next assembly elections,” Malik said.
He said same was done in 2014 assembly polls when then PDP leaders told people in rallies that they should vote against RSS and BJP.
“Then what we saw is known to everybody. Then, without any remorse, it was stated that had boys who got killed gone closer to army camps to buy milk or toffees,” Malik said, and cautioned the people to “remain cautious about those who have been assigned to run a campaign on social media to damage the Kashmir cause.”
“This party or that party, it hardly matters for us. Aren’t all these parties responsible for the oppression being unleashed by forces across Kashmir?” Malik asked.
He said Kashmiri people have understood the “sole motive of all pro-India parties” and “will no more come under their deception and fraud.”
“People of Kashmir are well aware of how the previous elections in Kashmir were sold before the international community. People clearly remember how a former Prime Minister of India (late AtalBihari Vajpayee) claimed that by holding successful elections in Kashmir in 2002, he had won a democratic war,” Malik said.
He said people understand that “our victory lies in boycotting the elections of every nature.”
The JKLF chief expressed his anguish over shifting of 23 Kashmir prisoners from Kotbalwal jail in Jammu to a Haryana jail on November 17.
“All of them have been slapped with draconian Public Safety Act. Until recently, whosoever was booked under PSA was lodged in jails within J&K. Recently an amendment to PSA Act was done which allows the State to lodge a prisoner booked under PSA in any prison in India,” he said.
The JKLF chief said “now that there is no change” in New Delhi’s Kashmir policy “as it continues to follow military might”, the top resistance leadership too should get ready to face arrests.
“We must prepare ourselves to face arrests and get lodged in any jail, be it Jodhpur, Haryana, Punjab, Patiala or any other prison,” he said.
“Repression in Kashmir is touching new heights and our arrest can’t be ruled out. All this is done to push us into submission so that we bow before New Delhi and stop demanding our rights,” he said.
He said in case top leadership is arrested, “it becomes the primary responsibility of those voluntarily associated with the Kashmir struggle to keep the movement going.”
He said almost entire resistance leadership is in prisons including the women resistance leader AsiyaAndrabi and her two aides.
“Fake charges were framed against these leaders to prolong their confinement,” he said.
Malik said New Delhi’s policy is clear and its best example can be seen in southern Kashmir, where, “under the garb of cordon-and-search operations, youth are killed on a daily basis, people of all ages are thrashed, maimed and arrested while properties are vandalised. Even women are tortured which deserves full condemnation.”
The JKLF chief also urged the ulema and imams of all shrines, masjids and imam baaras to refrain from making hate sermons and instead preach unity the way Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) brought revolution in the “Arab’s tribal society on the basis of unity.”
Malik said the only way to fight repression is to “stay united.”