Srinagar, May 10, CNS: Terming army chief General Bipin Rawat’s remarks that ‘Azadi’ isn’t possible as “illogical”, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) chairman Yasin Malik on Thursday said he “needs to revisit basic historical facts before issuing such threats”.
In a statement issued here, a JKLF spokesperson quoting Malik said: “General Rawat needs to revisit basic historical facts before issuing such threats to a nation that has resolved to achieve freedom”.
“From boasting about Indian military might to talking about trains, fruit business and tourism, General Rawat wants Kashmiris to surrender before Indian might without even realizing that many generals before him failed to achieve this…,” he said.
“Tday the so-called biggest democracy called India is using its military, police and forces have choked every little space on peaceful political activities, pushed our youth in political movement to the wall by torturing them and humiliating their families in police stations and camps and hence leaving no other option for them but to go for an ultimate sacrifice,” he said.
Quoting Mahatma Gandhi, spokesperson said Kashmiris have resolved to free their nation and pledged to never surrender. “Our reply to General Rawat is same that was given by Gandhi Ji to a British envoy who had posed same type of question to him that how can poor Indian fight British military might and survive as an independent state without British help, Gandhi had replied that he would prefer a non-competent poor independent country over a competent and wealthy illegal occupation and slavery,” said the spokesman.
He said that if assertions of army chief on ‘Azadi’ contained any ingredient of reality, more than half of the world, including India, would have been still reeling under foreign occupations today.
Malik, who continues to be under detention, was today taken to a hospital in Srinagar for medical checkup. “Doctors took samples of his blood and performed many other investigations regarding his health. He has been shifted back to police station after the checkups,” said the spokesperson. (CNS)