Struggle will go on, say J&K separatists

“Ban or no ban, as far as Hurriyat is concerned, we would continue to strive for our right to self-determination, which has been accepted by the UN, and even accepted by America and others”.

Written by Bashaarat Masood | Srinagar | Published:June 28, 2017 3:44 am
Syed Salahuddin, kashmir, hizbul mujahideen, kashmir, kashmir valley, us global terrorist, indian express news File photo of Syed Salahuddin.

Separatists in Kashmir Valley have termed the US move to designate Hizbul Mujahideen chief Syed Salahuddin a global terrorist as “unjustified”, saying it would not impact “struggle” of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

“Whether they (US) ban Salahuddin or Hizbul Mujahideen or whatever…(the issue is still) the people of Kashmir, who are striving for a political solution,” Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said. “Ban or no ban, as far as Hurriyat is concerned, we would continue to strive for our right to self-determination, which has been accepted by the UN, and even accepted by America and others”.

Mirwaiz said “militant struggle” is only a small aspect of a peoples’ movement, and that too is an offshoot of “India’s intransigence to accept and address the problem”. He said, “Nobody will deny (presence of) militancy, but it is only a small part of the struggle.”

Hurriyat Conference faction led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani termed the US decision unjustified. “Our struggle is a freedom struggle, and it has no link to global terrorism. We have no global agenda. It is a struggle for right to self-determination,” Hurriyat spokesman Ayaz Akbar said. “We appeal the international community to differentiate between freedom struggle and terrorism.”

Mainstream political parties are guarded in their reaction. The ruling PDP said it wants an “amicable solution” to the Kashmir problem. National Conference provincial president Nasir Aslam said, “We have not been able to meet due to Eid.”

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    SP
    Jun 28, 2017 at 12:43 pm
    It is an attempt to par ion India one more time using violence. Why they do not ask Pakistan to vacate raided territories - first condtion in UNSC resolution. Why they don't use terrorist term as per UN guidelines itself instead of militant.
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      l s
      Jun 28, 2017 at 11:31 am
      Keep these anti-nationals in prison for a minimum period of 10 years, then only they will forget seperatings. Being soft on them and also giving all kinds of facilities will only encourage them. Day by day, they are becoming bolder and bolder. New tactics are required to keep these people under control. Stop all sort of facilities and security to them.
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        Vnk
        Jun 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm
        What about the supporters of separatists and terrorists sitting in Media like IE?
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