Srinagar, Feb 27 : The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Wednesday urged India and Pakistan not to escalate the situation and desist from warmongering which will be a disaster for the entire region.
Kashmir shuts on Wednesday on the first day of the two-day general strike called by JRL against NIA raids and arrest of separatists and others during the past few days.
In a statement issued this evening by chairman of moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq alleged that he was not allowed to address a press conference at his Nigeen house where no mediaperson was allowed by the security forces and state police personnel deployed there.
He said the JRL comprising himself, hardline HC Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF chairman Mohammad Yaseen Malik, presently under detention, and people of Kashmir greatly urged India and Pakistan not to escalate the situation and desist from warmongering which will be a disaster for the entire region.
“We ask both governments that as in the past escalation and war can never resolve the issues between them and only talking to one another is the way forward. APHC reiterates the call for dialogue”, Mirwaiz said in a statement.
It alleged that there is a threatening and grave atmosphere created across Kashmir and people are being psychologically intimidated. Journalists and media are being targeted and two newspapers are facing reprisal.
The JRL said raids were conducted at the residence of Yasin Malik, Shabir Shah, Ashraf Sehrai, Naseem Geelani and others by the NIA yesterday including at mine from morning from 0800 hrs till 1800 hrs in the evening.
“Around 15 to 20 people from NIA accompanied by two local policemen entered my house and office and thoroughly searched it as also the homes of my relatives who live around me. After these thorough searches, certain items were confiscated by them which included my laptop and phones, hard drives from my office computers, press releases on Hurriyat and Anjuman Auqaf Jamia Masjid letterheads, records of Kashmiri students studying in Pakistan medical colleges that Hurriyat recommends.
Mirwaiz said “ I was not given the copy of magisterial order for search though I was shown a copy. Upon leaving I was not given the seizure Memo of things seized from me which is the norm”. When I asked for it, I was told to approach court for it.”
“Later NIA used word incriminating evidence recovered which is a matter of concern there was nothing so-called ‘incriminating’ that was taken. As I was not given a seizure memo any mischief can be done.”
“It was also said , “a high tech internet communication was also recovered”. This in actuality is a simple Internet lease line by a private company which is commonly used in media offices and at homes for good and uninterrupted internet use. The word recovered is part of the propaganda to give an impression as if it was something hidden that has been discovered.”
Mirwaiz alleged that propaganda has taken over reality and people of India are being deliberately misled and fed lies.
It is not difficult to understand that at a time of elections in India when other things have failed for the rulers, Kashmir is being used the whipping boy and people of Kashmir are being targeted threatened and intimidated to polarize Indian voters and garner votes. Threats of removing 370 and 35 A is kept hanging over our heads like a Damocles sword to be used as and when the electoral situation for them demands.
Let the rulers know for a fact that people of Kashmir will defend this article at all costs. Whether leadership is in jails or out, if any tinkering is done with it people will be on streets, no one in J&K is going to take this assault at our identity and disputed status lying low.
Mirwaiz said we believe in dialogue to resolve the dispute. We have walked the talk when it came to engagement and done so in the past even at huge risks and sacrifice. We do not want war and violence. We want our youth to live and prosper not be forced to a violent path. But that cannot happen through repression and coercion. That can only happen when the sentiment and aspirations of Kashmiri’s are addressed in its human and historical context.UNI