Srinagar, November 28, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said the ongoing freedom uprising has sent a strong and a very clear message to India and the world that the people of Kashmir will be masters of their destiny, come what may.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a media interview in Srinagar said, over 140 days of continuous protest with wholehearted support and participation of people and offering of tremendous sacrifices has no parallel in the current world. It gives a measure of people’s strength, their deep commitment, resilience and determination to sustain and carry forward this kind of struggle.
“It is a moral victory in the sense that people of Kashmir despite facing extreme oppression and military subjugation have refused to yield or submit.” Instead, he added, they have made it clear to India that come what may they will be masters of their destiny.
In reply to a question, he said when nations are determined and ready to offer any sacrifice for a cause they can unnerve the so-called mightiest democracy in the world. “And when people and leadership unite and formulate a cohesive strategy of collaboration and for resistance, reaching our goal is surely possible,” he added. For India it is when people are committed, then oppression only acts as a unifying and reinvigorating force not a deterrent.
As for strike, he said, it is the only form of protest available with us as all other means are curbed by extreme force. “As long as state oppression is used as a means of denying people their right to determine their political will, uprisings and resistance will always be there. People of Kashmir will rise time and again till their political aspirations and sentiments are fulfilled,” he added.
To another question, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, Pakistan has always supported the people of Kashmir in their freedom cause. “Once again they forcefully raised our issue at the UN and have tried their best to highlight the human rights atrocities committed in the territory, globally. Unfortunately the global response has been quiet lukewarm,” he deplored.
He said that the resolution of Kashmir dispute as per peoples wishes and aspirations through implementation of UN resolutions or through unconditional sincere dialogue between India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir was and is his position regarding the Kashmir problem.
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