Srinagar: Unnerved by the Indian security forces’ recent successes against terrorists in the Kashmir valley, separatist leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday sought to justify violence in the state.
Addressing his supporters at a huge Friday gathering at the Jamia Masjid in the old city, Mirwaiz – the leader of the moderate wing of the Hurriyat Conference – said that the Indian security forces may kill one militant but ten more will stand up in Jammu and Kashmir.
“Aggression and repression can never resolve issues but only aggravate them,” he said.
“As long as there is repression and force as the state response, you may kill one (militant), but 10 more will stand up. Killing them (militants) is no solution as is evident from the huge attendance at their funerals,” he said.
Alleging that South Kashmir has been turned into a ‘killing zone’, the separatist said the youth are being killed in a phased manner.
If the government of India thinks that by adopting a hard stand, they can suppress the movement then they are living in a fool’s paradise, he claimed.
Mirwaiz today also hit out at the National Investigation Agency, which has been probing the separatist-terrorist nexus in relation to funding of terror in the valley and has also made several arrests.
“We want to make it clear that the Kashmir movement is an indigenous movement and it is not sponsored by any country as the Indian media through its malicious propaganda claims,” he was reported as saying.
Mirwaiz further said unless the Kashmir issue is resolved keeping in mind the aspirations of the Kashmiris, killing of militant would only aggravate the situation.
Authorities had earlier today lifted the six-week-long house arrest restrictions imposed on Mirwaiz after which he offered Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid and delivered his weekly sermon.
(With IANS inputs)