Mumbai: A group of six students from Valley who are currently studying in Pune were invited on Thursday by the Mumbai Press Club in association with organisation Sarhad to share their views about the ongoing unrest in Kashmir following the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani in an encounter on July 8.
“Not every youth in Kashmir wants to pick up a gun and only a small number is in favour of secession from India,” said the group.
“Not every Kashmiri is Burhan Wani. May be only 10 per cent of them want to get ‘Aazadi’. Rest 90 per cent people are concerned about development, employment, education for their children, industrialisation. Unfortunately, nothing of that sort has happened which has resulted in the unrest,” said Javed Ahmad, who is pursuing a Master’s degree.
Zahid Bhatt, a resident of Badgam district in Kashmir, said that it was the students who bear the brunt of the violence.
“Since last 20 to 30 years, we have lost our near and dear ones at the hands of either militants or security forces or some other agencies. And the most sad part is that no serious efforts have been made to resolve the issue amicably,” said Bhatt, who is also general secretary of initiative Jago Bharat.
The group also mentioned that if everyone in Kashmir wanted azadi then Jawahar Tunnel would have closed down and the voter turnout in the Valley in 2014 would not have been 75%.