Reacting to statement of Army Chief General Bipin Rawat on Kashmir, Hurriyat Conference headed by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the military solution would make the situation more chronic in Kashmir.
“Had the head of the British forces, who colonized India and ruled for more than 100 years by killing thousands of Indians and committing massacres like Jallianwala Bagh, ever conceded that Indians will get freedom? The British forces like the Indian forces of today had all the means and methods to keep India occupied. But yet they had to abdicate because the will and desire of people to be free to choose their destiny and be masters of their fate is far stronger than every military power,” Hurriyat (M) spokesman said.
He said Indian Army chief needs to ask his political bosses the basic question, “Why does an army need to be stationed here in streets, villages and outside people’s homes in such huge numbers? Why are people supporting and sacrificing their life for young boys, who leave bright careers and pick up arms? Why are the educated boys who know the strength and number of the forces still choose to take this path? Why are his men being made the cannon fodder and paying the price with their life in an issue which he too admits is not military?”.
The spokesman said Indian army chief has acknowledged that killing one resistance youth with arms will make ten others pick it up why?
“His threat to bomb us like Syria is real but so is the resilience of people to stand by their commitment to achieving the universal right to freedom and self determination for which they have been consistently struggling for the last 70 years and hugely sacrificing. Army chiefs come and go but the commitment made by both Indian and Pakistani leadership at the UN and ratified by the world to the people of Kashmir stands and gives the current situation its context,” he said.
The spokesman said Kashmir conflict is a real political and humanitarian problem and can be addressed politically and with compassion.
“Military solution will only make it more chronic,” he added.