Chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that New Delhi has failed to frighten the pro-freedom leadership in Kashmir through raids and arrests by its agencies.
The Mirwaiz was addressing the Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid in downtown Srinagar, when he made the remarks.
He said it was evident to all that the raids conducted by various agencies and the subsequent harassment and arrests was “a ploy to intimidate the peoples’ leadership and instill fear in them.
“Let it be clear to all that neither the leadership nor the Kashmiri people will be cowed down by these measures and propaganda,” Mirwaiz said.
He said that people will continue to demand for the right to self determination “till it is not granted to us”.
“Sooner or later the Kashmir dispute will have to be addressed. No amount of repression, harassment, intimidation or fear can change that fact,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that those behind such measures should understand that Kashmiris are far too politically mature and conscious people who have seen enough of such plots and ploys in the last 70 years of New Delhi’s rule.