Srinagar: Resistance leaders Syed Ali Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik in a joint statement said that 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. Only a nation which has deep commitment, resilience, determination and courage can sustain this kind of struggle. The 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,” the resistance leaders said in a joint statement.
“The Indian state along with its ethically and morally bankrupt local facilitators 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,” the statement added.
“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,” it added.
“This enemy is not going to yield easily. Not only do they control us militarily they also control our means of livelihood, our education, our channels of communication. How we move forward and carry our struggle towards its goal is a serious question as our sacrifices are immense.”
The statement further read, “On the one hand is the unbroken spirit of our youth who are on the streets resolute and continue to offer sacrifices. Their resistance and their passion for Azaadi is immense and is our most valuable and enduring resource. On the other hand, are the demands and needs for survival, for sustenance.” (KNS)