Intimidation can’t change ground reality: APHC


SRINAGAR — All Parties Hurriyat Conference on Wednesday said that through the use of ‘extreme force’ and ‘intimidation’, the state authorities have implemented a complete ban on any form of individual or collective expression by people or the leadership, giving no space and no scope for it.

While leadership is jailed, confined and incarcerated which includes APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, detained for the last almost three years now, since August 2019, “with repression on one side and disempowerment and marginalization of people of J&K on the other, simultaneously continue unabated”.

Mirwaiz-led APHC in a statement said that the recent brazen recommendations of the Government’s Delimitation Commission is another step towards implementing demographic change by way of reducing Muslim representation in the conflict-ridden state and gradually changing its Muslim majority character.

“While vengeful termination from service of Muslim employees in Government service, the main source of employment for locals goes on, arrests of youth or any ‘so-called anti-national Kashmiri’ now even including women, happens on a daily basis,” it said.

APHC said that the killing of civilians during operations has again surfaced as 22-year Shoaib Ahmed was killed in ‘cold blood’ while local media censorship, harassment, and intimidation of journalists and writers get firmer, the list is endless. “Vicious circle of violence related to conflict also continues to claim precious human lives with the likes of young Rahul Bhat and policeman Riyaz Ahmed Thokar which is tragic and very painful,” it said.

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APHC added that the situation on the ground seems only to worsen. “People have been forced to silence by intimidation, and its result cannot be peace.”

“At this time as we pay tribute to our beloved leaders shaheed-e-Millat Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawaja Abdul Lone, on their approaching martyrdom anniversary on 21st May, we believe that their path of seeking peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict in keeping with the wishes of its people, while considering the interests of both India and Pakistan as parties to the conflict, is the way out of this, and the way forward. It is also the way to peace and prosperity for the region. Hegemonic authority, use of force or intimidation of people only complicate the conflict further,” it added.

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APHC said that the sufferings of the people and the sacrifices rendered by them in quest of the resolution, constantly remind us that the Kashmir issue has to be resolved and the sentiment honoured. “Imprisonment and incarceration cannot change that reality. We will continue to pursue that goal and the path shown by our dear leaders,” APHC said.

“To pay tribute to our beloved leaders on their martyrdom anniversary and to the Martyrs of Hawal and to all the martyrs of J&K, a complete Bandh will be observed on 21st May, Saturday. People should visit Eidgah and offer Fateha prayers. A collective commemorative rally would have been organized to pay glorious tributes to the beloved leaders and the martyrs of Hawal and to all martyrs on that day, but that has never been allowed by rulers in past and looks very unlikely that the present ones will allow it,” the statement concludes.

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