Unfazed by the threat of beheading by Islamist militant leader Zakir Musa, resistance leaders today reiterated their stand on Kashmir being a political not religious issue, saying they won’t succumb to any pressure and asked youth to learn from them.
Two days after Zakir Musa threatened to behead Hurriyat leaders for calling Kashmir a political struggle, the top three resistance leaders – Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Yasin Malik – said: “We stand by our earlier statement and are following the freedom struggle and facing shrewd enemy,” adding: “it is the time to remain cautious”.
The trio asked all political and militant organizations “to follow freedom struggle with vision and wisdom” and appealed for unity. “It is time to remain united and follow cherished goal with the spirit of persistence and unity among all concerned factions,” they said, adding that freedom movement is in its crucial stage and “we need to be careful as our enemy can derive advantage from prevailing crises”.
Commenting over recent controversies, the resistance trio said in the ’90s, the situation was more awful and complex. “We paid a great lot in terms of precious lives and kind. We were engaged in pity and non-serious matters, and as such instead of the following logic, we were swayed by our emotions.
“Disunity and differences proved disastrous in the past and enemy forces succeeded at various stages to sabotage our mission,” they said. The leaders added that while the Indian authorities are employing all its repressive measures and military might to sabotage movement, “but all political and militant factions have decided to face all these and remain united.”
“We won’t allow them to create rifts among resistance camp or divide leadership and nation,” said the trio and boosted that “we succeeded to wave off the so-called terminology of hardliners and moderate, thus unified nation on one point program of freedom from forced occupation”.
Referring to India, the resistance leaders said that “our unity and united approach is a mile stone and it is an achievement, and thus they stand frustrated”. “Characters of nation are examined in catastrophe and, the biggest power we got and carried forward from 2016 agitation was our unity and poll boycott in recent parliamentary elections.
“All these steps depicted the best precedence of our unity. Unity among our folds is supreme and we need to uphold this spirit and carry forward this passion. We ought to remain cautious and let us not harm our struggle and desist from all such steps which may help these forces to play folly with freedom movement,” the leaders added.
The trio said political and militant leadership is fully aware about all odds and “we won’t succumb to any pressure, however history of unparalleled sacrifices has enabled us to stand against such grim situations”.
Addressing the youth of Kashmir, the leadership said: “Our youth need to learn much more from senior leadership and we all need to go hand in hand and work together to achieve our mission. It is time to rethink and make out strategies and work them out unanimously that how to get freedom from the forcible clutches and occupation of India.”