ISLAMABAD: Hurriyet leaders including Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik have hailed the people of Kashmir for observing shutdown on Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Kashmir.
The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani in a statement said that the strike was a referendum in support of Kashmir’s freedom and a clear message to India and the international community that they would not settle for anything less than complete freedom from Indian occupation, KMS reported.
He added that the Kashmiris had shown that they did not believe in India’s so-called democracy.
“Holding rallies under the shadow of 12 lakh guns do not change disputed nature of Kashmir. Indian leaders should read the writing on the wall and accept the fact that Kashmiris do not see themselves as a part of India,” he said.
Referring to Modi’s speech, Gilani said that Kashmir was not an economic issue. ” Despite the loot of its water and other natural resources, the people of Jammu and Kashmir are self-reliant and happy as compared to the people of India. They do not sleep on trees or eat out of dustbins,” he said.
The APHC Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in a statement said that the Monday’s shutdown was an eye-opener for India and the international community that the people of Kashmir would not give up their genuine struggle until complete freedom from Indian occupation.
“Indian leadership continues to turn a blind eye towards the real issue and instead talk about development, governance and economic well being as if that will alter anything. For the past sixty years, many economic packages and developmental plans have time and again been announced but that has not in any way changed the fundamental nature of the problem,” he added.
“The historic strike in whole Kashmir is befitting reply to India, its
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and those who claim that people of Kashmir do not
want Azadi. It serves a clear message to all that no power on earth can defeat
peaceful freedom movement. Kashmiris cannot be budged by the manipulated
elections that have no authority or value.”
The High Court Bar Association, reiterating its demand for a plebiscite in
Kashmir, said elections held in the past and being held now, under the shadow of
guns and in presence of about a million armed forces would no
t solve the Kashmir
tangle or bring peace in the South Asian region.
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