APHC (M) Wednesday said its chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was arrested by the authorities as soon as he defied his house arrest to move towards Shopian to express condolences with the bereaved families and solidarity with the people of Shopian as part of the JRL program.
APHC (M) statement condemned “the arrest of Mirwaiz along with Hurriyat leader Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, AAC leaders GhulamQadirBeigh, Advocate YasirDalal, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Farooq Ahmed and others”, saying that claims of authorities regarding “freedom of leadership to move stand exposed”.
Statement said before his arrest APHC chairman addressed the people and media gathered outside his residence.
Statement quoting Mirwaiz said: “It is a sad but a telling reality that not even a whimper of concern or protest is expressed at the brutal killing of Kashmiris by any among India’s humanists, rights activists,civil society members or writers.”
“They have closed their eyes and ears to the injustices and atrocities being committed here and no one among them wants to question it,” statement quoting Mirwaiz said, adding: “More than 18 people have been killed in the last few days as the killing continues and most among them are young boys.”
Sttaement quoting Mirwaiz said these young boys are the future of this land and it is extremely painful that these bright kids leave their studies and dreams as “they see oppression and injustice perpetuated as a consequence of the status quo maintained over the Kashmir disputed and New Delhi’s rejection to acknowledge and engage with the dispute to resolve it.”
What they see since childhood is Kashmir converted into a large military garrison and battle ground with lakhs of troops stationed here and where every form of expressing dissent is choked by might and repression, statement quoting Mirwaiz said, adding: “When these boys who are barely even trained in combat are killed by blowing up the houses where they get trapped and their charred bodies retrieved, people cannot control their emotions and in their love for them they come out in lakhs to pay homage to them. Here again military might is put into place and these civilian protestors are shot at with live bullets and pellets leading to their brutal death and severe injury.”
Statement said Mirwaizashed what kind of inhumanity wa this?
“How can India claim to be a democracy? Is this the way to respond to peoples dissent and demand for the resolution of dispute? That you decide to wipe out entire generation of our young,” statement quotingMirwaiz said, adding: “New Delhi repeatedly says Kashmir is integral part of India. It’s the land of Kashmir that they want to grab by forcible control while the people of Kashmir are the impediment to them.”
“Let me tell them that Kashmir is no one’s integral part, it belongs to the people of Kashmir and it is our fundamental right to decide our future and destiny and people of Kashmir are giving supreme scarifies for this cause,” statement quoting Mirwaiz said, adding that “no amount of might will break our resolve”.