The Joint Resistance Leadership comprising Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik Friday reacted sharply to statements by Governor Satya Pal Malik a day earlier, saying “it reflects New Delhi’s arrogance and high handedness.”
In a statement, issued day Governor Malik said there can be no dialogue with separatists “until they don’t stop keeping Pakistan aside”, the JRL said the statements by Governor SP Malik reflects New Delhi’s “arrogance and highhandedness with regard to J&K which it treats as its colony through its repressive military control.”
“Since New Delhi thrust their new deputy to rule over J&K, killings and repression have further worsened, with more than 12 civilians and 26 armed youth killed so far in October only, while dozens of houses have been blasted and tens of scores of youth and activists sent to jails and Public Safety Act slapped on most of them,” the JRL statement read.
It said: “He (Governor) is here on a mission from New Delhi to give the stern message to the people of Kashmir that the ruling dispensation in New Delhi is not interested in resolving the Kashmir dispute, rather does not acknowledge it, and instead will maintain the status-quo on Kashmir and not hesitate from further turning up the heat on people if they do not give up their struggle of self-determination.”
“His utterances are part of government of India’s consistent mischief of creating a false narrative on Kashmir in order to undermine its disputed nature and hence mislead people in India and the world.
Through disparate analogies of oft-repeated Tamilian failure in Sri Lanka, to open and veiled threats of ‘no bouquets for bullets’ to pacification of multiplexes and IPLs, the Governor wants to disenchant people from their just struggle while intimidating them,” the JRL statement read.
“Malik must better realize that all his attempts to intimidate and mislead people while undermining the historical facts and the context of the Kashmir dispute are absolutely futile. Kashmir issue is an internationally-acknowledged dispute between India and Pakistan with people of entire J&K being the main stakeholders.
There are dozens of UN resolutions that have endorsed the people’s right of self determination to decide their future dispensation and it is this legitimate right that people of J&K are demanding and striving for,” the statement read, adding that “Pakistan is as much a party to the dispute as is India as the State stands divided between them. No amount of repression military might, propaganda or pacification can change these facts.
They are the facts for all times till the dispute is resolved either through right of self-determination or through dialogue among the three stakeholders, both being civilized means of conflict resolution. War between the two countries as witnessed previously over the dispute, will prove disastrous. “
“Let Governor be reminded that many Governors, some of who were generals, some administrators, some politicians came and went in the last 70 years but the reality of the Kashmir dispute has stood as it is. In no way has it been diluted; instead it has got intensified with the fourth generation taking up the mantle to strive for their fundamental right. So no amount of threats and coercion, propaganda or pacification will have any effect on people or their faith and commitment to their legitimate movement,” the JRL said.
“If Governor wants to make a mark for himself he should convey the truth of Kashmir to his bosses in Delhi and ask them to resolve the dispute as per people’s will and aspirations in the light of international agreements and on principles of democracy.”