Kashmir’s armed struggle not motivated by Islam: Hurriyat

Famous militant commander, Burhan Wani (File image)
Famous militant commander, Burhan Wani (File image)

SRINAGAR: Separatist group Hurriyat Conference on Tuesday said the ongoing armed struggle against Indian ‘occupation’ in Kashmir was not motivated by religion Islam but by the political history of Jammu and Kashmir, which is a long pending dispute between two nuclear neighbours – India and Pakistan.

Faction of the party led by octogenarian leader Syed Ali Geelani, in a statement issued here, quoted its general secretary, Ghulam Nabi Sumji, as having said that those people who linked the spread of armed struggle “with religious activities and Friday congregational prayers” had “intellectual bankruptcy”.

Sumji was speaking at a party meeting, which was reportedly organized to decide the party’s ‘future course’ of action. He recalled that the Kashmir dispute had a living and strong historical background and India was not only “forcibly occupying the land” for 69 years but were “brutally crushing and muzzling the peaceful voices of the Kashmiri people.”

“These policies have invited natural reactions in the past and it can happen in future too,” he said. “If the people anywhere in the world are suppressed and their voices are being muzzled, these situations definitely arise there it is not limited to the Muslims but whoever is oppressed, he reacts to the oppression.”

The party’s general secretary said, “The people who want to relate it with Islam have dominated mindset and it is like to turn the tables on.”