Srinagar: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday denounced what it called “continued tactics of the Government of India to intimidate and psychologically torture the people of Jammu and Kashmir” and asserted that these “imperial moves” are bound to fail.
The conglomerate also called for a shutdown on October 31 and asked people to register their resentment against the new “anti-J&K laws” and demand their immediate withdrawal.
Reiterating its stand of engagement and dialogue with all stakeholders of the Kashmir dispute, APHC said the Indian state rather than pursuing a peaceful resolution is undermining its possibility through such attempts.
“A policy of permanent demographic change is being aggressively pushed to steal our land, destroy our identity and turn us into a minority in our own homeland,” APHC said in a press statement.
“One after the other laws are invented and amended by New Delhi [and] forcibly thrust upon the people of J&K. From the arbitrary ‘domicile law,’ to amendments to allot[ing] jobs and exploiting our natural resources,” the statement added.
APHC said the latest law, that allows anyone across India to own land in J&K, takes away the exclusive right of the residents of J&K to their land and property in order to ease the settling of outsiders.
“The law [that] also allows the Government of India to declare any local area as a ‘strategic area’ at the Indian Army’s behest, is alarming,” the statement read.
APHC reiterated that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are not “dumb-driven cattle who will yield to these laws” and said, “the people have proven through their infallible will and immense sacrifices that we are not dead, but an alive and determined nation who will not withstand these assaults upon them or their motherland.”
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir completely reject and strongly condemn these appalling imperial measures,” the statement read.
“To register their strong resentment against these anti-J&K people laws, and demanding their immediate withdrawal, the people will peacefully observe a shutdown on Saturday, October 31st 2020.”