Kashmir’s freedom movement will continue with or without us: Hurriyat

Representational photo | Photo courtesy: Bilal Bahadur / Kashmir Life

SRINAGAR: The separatist-group Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday denounced the claims of the Indian government, reiterated by the Indian media, that the separatist leaders of Kashmir were enjoying benefits on security, travel and accommodation from the state exchequer.

A party spokesperson said the claims by the Indian media against the separatist leadership were “rubbish and lies”.

“Neither will revenge tactics change the ground reality in Kashmir nor will it help in resolution of the issue,” the spokesperson said. “It is a people’s movement and Hurriyat represents and upholds their aspirations for self determination… the movement will be there with or without Hurriyat.”

The spokesman said these tactics were aimed at fooling and misleading the people of India and creating panic so that attention of the people of India was diverted from the actual issue on ground and they were kept ignorant about it.

“What travel expenses were provided to leadership when it previously travelled abroad to create awareness about the Kashmir dispute among the international community or attend invitations extended by the like UN, the OIC and other forums as representatives the subjugated people of Kashmir?” the spokesperson asked.

“Because of these efforts of the Mirwaiz the ‘Democratic India’ impounded his passport four years ago,” he said. “What houses, hotels and medical facilities are being provided to them and why? Why would India extend these favours to the so-called ‘separatists’ needs to be asked?”

The spokesperson said that the personnel of the state police were deployed for the security of the separatists based on the government’s own threat assessment to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, after his father Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq’s killing in 1990. “Some police personnel are also provided to other members based on the polices own threat assessment to them,” the spokesperson said.

He said such “fabrications to discredit the resistance leadership” may fool people in India but will not achieve anything with people in Kashmir who are “too intelligent not to understand why and what is being done.”