By: Neyaz Elahi
Srinagar, Apr 11, CNS: While reacting over the unabated civilian killings in Kashmir Valley, the militant outfit Hizbul Mujhadeen Chief Syed Salahuddin Wednesday appealed Kashmir intelligentsia to help Joint Resistance Leadership to formulate an effective strategy.
“Kashmir Movement is the Movement of people. I wholeheartedly appeal and request intellectuals, Journalist fraternity, civil society, professionals to come up with suggestions and share them with Joint Resistance Leadership so that an effective strategy could be chalked out vis-à-vis Kashmir,” Salahuddin said in an exclusive chat with Kashmir based news agency CNS.
He said some people can have ideological differences with Hurriyat leadership but instead of resorting to mudslinging they should come up with constructive criticism that may help Kashmir nation in the long run.
He also impressed upon Pakistan to change her strategy with regard to Kashmir. “Rallies, resolutions and press statements are not enough to shake India. Pakistan needs to knock at the doors of United Nations and its Security Council. It should wake up international human rights organizations from deep slumber. It should change its diplomatic strategy and knock at the doors of every country,” he said.
Salahuddin, who also heads the conglomerate of local militant, outfits United Jihad Council said that by nature, people of Kashmir are peaceful but they have been pushed to wall. “We are not against dialogue but the dialogue should be time-bound and meaningful. The dialogue should be Kashmir centric and it should be tripartite in nature. Kashmir is not a border or internal dispute. It is a live and real issue that can only be resolved through dialogue between India, Pakistan and people of Jammu and Kashmir.”
When asked why Hurriyat leadership is not ready to talk to Indian interlocutor Dineshwar Sharma, Salahuddin said: “Talks should have an agenda and these should not be held to buy time.”
While responding to a question, Syed Salahuddin said that they don’t own the thought of Zakir Musa. “We don’t own his ideology. We have already suspended him and we have put it on record that Kashmir Freedom Movement has no international agenda and it is purely indigenous.”
He said there are some elements who try to defame Kashmir Movement on social media. “We know these elements very well and at proper time will expose them,” he said and asked such elements to stop sabotaging the ongoing Movement.
He lamented that due to India’s dogmatic approach and anti-people policies, every sector including education has been suffering. “Education is the future of our nation. But the way India has been killing, looting and torturing people, it has become extremely difficult for our youth to concentrate on their studies. India has devastated not only education sector, but it has damaged our tourism, forests, horticulture, fruit industry as well.”
To a question, the Hizb Chief said it is unfortunate that India instead of understanding the ground reality, is using muscle power to crush the sentiments of people. “Indian Army chief and Indian head of state are on the same page and want to suppress the Movement and people through muscle power. Such a tactic will have serious ramifications. Even Arundathi Roy advocates and supports our Movment. History is testimony to the fact that the movements run by people can’t be suppressed. People of Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh, Gilgat Baltistan have every right to decide their own fate,” he said and hailed the role of freedom loving people of Kashmir. (CNS)