Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Wednesday emphasised on need for serious talks while Hurriyat (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq termed the recently initiated dialogue process by New Delhi a “deception and a lie”.
Speaking at Seerat conference organized by Tehreek-e-Hurriyat at party’s Hyderpora headquarter, Mirwaiz said on one hand the New Delhi continues to “harass” people and on the other hand it “beats the drum of dialogue to give an impression to the world community that New Delhi is serious in talks with Kashmiris.’’
Hurriyat (G) chairman, Syed Ali Geelani, said that he is not against dialogue if it’s a serious effort. Geelani said “ religion and politics are inseparable.’’ “You can’t take religion out of politics or politics out of religion. We will never achieve freedom if we take Islam out,” he said.
Geelani, who is part of the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) along with Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and JKLF chief Yasin Malik, who was also present on the occasion, said, “Our people in jails are thrashed and brutally assaulted. It is the time to act against this barbarity which has now crossed its limits.”
The JRL leaders stressed upon “unity” and termed it the “only weapon to keep at bay” the prevailing onslaught of New Delhi against Kashmiris. Mirwaiz said “until we all unite as one nation, the prevailing onslaught, torture and harassment will continue.’’
“Our pro-freedom leader Abdul Samad Inqilabi was beaten to pulp at Kathua jail, and then he was taken to Jammu hospital and abused,’’ Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said “no one wants bloodshed in Kashmir, but there should be a sincere effort for dialogue.” “Even our religious gatherings are not allowed. If any sincere initiative is taken, we will definitely respond. But at the moment, we only see liars and deceivers,” he said.
He said the religious clerics preaching in mosques across valley are busy in levelling “accusations and counter accusations’’ instead of talking about unity. “They have further divided people in the name of sects and groups.’’
JKLF chief Yasin Malik said the government has started “Operation All Out” against both militants and pro-freedom leaderships.
“Against militants they are using forces and against the pro-freedom leadership they have used NIA. NIA’s only mission is to crush Hurriyat leaders and make us surrender. But we have taken a pledge that we will fight till the last drop of our blood,” he said. Malik said unity is the “only weapon with us to fight the New Delhi’s onslaught.” Malik said the religious preachers have further divided the Kashmiri society in the name of “sects and schools of thought”.
“Moulvis are fighting on insignificant issues like where to hold hands while offering prayers and whether to tie Pyjama above or below knees”. “This is very unfortunate. Our society is being further divided on such irrelevant issues. While the Indian establishment had already divided us in the name of Bakerwals,Shia, Sunnis, Pahari and other names that had given them opportunity to exploit our struggle now our clerics are further dividing us using the mosque pulpits for it,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said there is a need to bring reforms at the social and religious level.
Malik said while Prophet Muhammad (SAW) used the mosque pulpit for unity and brotherhood, “our clerics are now using the same pulpits to further divide us”. “The clerics are silent on the prevailing situation, but every Friday deliver sermons to create division among people.’’