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Never asked for security, let Govt withdraw it: Mirwaiz

Training his guns at the ruling PDP-BJP dispensation, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Friday said he had never asked for the security cover to him and that the government is free to withdraw it anytime it wishes.
Addressing Friday gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said the propaganda of police cover provided to him is being raked up and exploited by the government.“Drums are being beaten about the expenditure incurred on our security cover. What is obvious is the pettiness of such people that they can play politics even on such an issue,” Mirwaiz said in his sermon.
He said after the martyrdom of his father, Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq on May 21, 1990, police personnel were already stationed at his house. “When I returned from Mirwaiz Manzil at Rajouri Kadal where my family and I were staying for two months, we found police cover in place,” Mirwaiz said. “We inquired about and it was communicated that police cover was obligatory on the state to provide as it was based on the assessment of threat perception to me after my father’s martyrdom and that it won’t be removed.”
Hurriyat (M) chairman said that since then policemen are stationed at his residence. “While hundreds of crores are spent on the police cover provided to thousands of people in the state, singling out me and drumming it up when they very well know the background of the whole issue, shows their shallowness,” he said in an apparent reference to the ruling regime. “I reiterate that Government is free to withdraw the police personnel as and when it wants as I have never asked for it”
He said that New Delhi with the support of “local quislings” has always undermined the establishment of a strong peoples’ leadership as they fear that such leadership which represents peoples’ aspirations and enjoys their full support, is a huge political challenge for them.
“Past 70 years of the political struggle bear testimony that while there have been those who badly betrayed the people’s trust reposed in them and are equally responsible for our current misery ,there have been great leaders among the people like Mirwaiz Yousuf Shah, Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas, Sufi Muhammad Akbar, Amanulah Khan, Maqbool Bhat, Mirwaiz Molvi Farooq and others.”
He said that these people despite being subjected to pain and hardships of exile, jails, allurements and appeasements by the adversary, never gave in or compromised their integrity and the people’s trust in them and even sacrificed their lives for it.
“Current people’s leadership is equally committed. It is sincere and steadfast and like the tremendous sacrifices being offered by the people especially youth, it is also facing hardships,” he said.
Mirwaiz said since 1947, all governments which have ruled ruled India know that sincere and strong leadership is a threat to their control on Kashmir, so they have constantly undermined it.
“When repressive means of jailing, detaining, curbing and confining leadership fails to discredit leadership and malign them is adopted. Vicious propaganda, lies and personal smear campaigns is launched on print electronic or social media and facts are twisted and manipulated,” he said. “NIA’s investigation drama to intimidate and badmouth leadership and to distract people from their just political movement and their leadership has proved to be a failure for the agencies, as people have seen through it.”
“Yet leaders and activists have been detained in Tihar jail in scorching heat and hostile conditions,” he said. “For me as for my ancestors it is our belief that safety of a human being is best guaranteed by Allah as we are in his protection.”“For me, as for my ancestors, duas and prayers of my people is also my protection and their selfless love and trust in me are my strength and asset,” he said.

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