Former Chief Minister of the disputed territory of Jammu & Kashmir in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) and current President of the J&K National Conference party has warned the Indian government that it’s spate of repressive policies against the Kashmiri population will ultimately result in a major loss for India.
In an interview to IndiaToday, the politician issued a word of caution to the Indian state apparatus against its use of brute force to quash the on-going freedom struggle in the valley. The politician recognized the need for bilateral talks between India and Pakistan on the issue and supported the idea of talks to be directed towards the question of Kashmiri independence.
He also mentioned the need for developing a political solution to the problem that is acceptable to the people of Kashmir. The continued use of military force and political repression is damaging any semblance of support for India’s rule in the valley, the politician added.
The statement comes in response to an almost total boycott of the by-elections in occupied territory which resulted in several clashes between Indian forces and young supporters of the independence movement.
The low voter turnout frustrated government authorities, which have been working to instil a sense of security and ownership in the public since the summer uprisings of 2016. The 2016 uprisings resulted from the assassination of rebel leader Burhan Wani, who was leading a renewed struggle against the occupational forces.