Srinagar, Nov 16: The separatist leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement Wednesday said people of Kashmir have won a moral victory by refusing to yield and submit to “oppression”.
“We have made it clear to India that come what may we will be masters of our destiny. 130 days of continuous protest with wholehearted support and participation of people and offering of tremendous sacrifices has no parallel in the current world. It gives us a measure of our strength,” they said.
The leaders said only a nation which has deep commitment, resilience, determination and courage can sustain this kind of struggle. “People of Kashmir have shown to the world that they have a deep thirst for freedom for which they are prepared to stake their lives, their livelihood, their education, their everything.”
“Indian state and J&K government lie totally exposed before us and the world. It is quite evident that the only way that they can control us is through brute force. Surely that is unsustainable,” they said.
The leaders said, “We have a long struggle ahead of us, we have to prepare ourselves, we have to survive and sustain ourselves to be able to fight this cunning and brutal ‘oppression’. We are face-to-face with an enemy, who refuses to acknowledge and recognize the truth and uses every means -lies and obfuscations – to undermine our just struggle.”
“This enemy is not going to yield easily. Not only do they control us militarily, they also control our means of livelihood, our education and our channels of communication,” they said adding, “How we move forward and carry our struggle towards its goal is a serious question as our sacrifices are immense”.
They said there is unbroken spirit of the youth, who are on the streets resolute and continue to offer sacrifices. “Their resistance and their passion for freedom is immense and is our most valuable and enduring resource”.
“On the other hand, are the demands and needs for survival and sustenance. What is most important is that we do not lose initiative. While leadership has to take control, be proactive and devise a long term strategy, people have to inculcate resistance culture within and make resistance a way of life. The meaning and understanding of protest has to be extended, mechanisms for public participation in decision making and implementation have to be created, educating people about the history of our movement specially our youth has to be foregrounded to ensure the continuity of our movement,” they said.
The leaders said a transition from short-term agitation to long term initiatives, programs and sustainable modes of protest have to be made. “We are working at making this transition.”
“Some days back, a meeting with a cross section of people and organisations was held and suggestions invited. The response was overwhelming. While there was unequivocal support by one and all to continue the protests, pressing concerns of students and sustenance of certain segments of society greatly affected during the last four months was brought to the fore and discussed. These concerns have to be addressed while simultaneously carrying our struggle forward,” they said.
The leaders said the ongoing struggle has taken the movement forward by opening out the possibilities and the scope of the struggle.
“The road has got cleared and we have moved closer to our goal. We now have to consolidate our gains and Insha Allah by the grace of almighty Allah and by the power of our commitment, victory will be ours,” they added.