In occupied Kashmir, the veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani has said that efforts are on to change the demography of Muslim majority places in Jammu, where religious freedom is being curbed.
Syed Ali Gilani, who continues to be under house arrest in a interview with Hindustan Times at his residence in Srinagar, said that the authorities were quelling the protests with force, even killing the protesters. “Protests are people’s natural right and they will continue,” he added.
To a question, he said, “What is happening in Jammu is unfortunate but when communities are suppressed, communal harmony takes a beating. In Kishtwar, people were attacked during Eid prayers.”
When asked about talks, the veteran leader said that dialogue had been useless before and it would bear no fruit in future. “On one hand, India says dialogue is important and on the other it says Kashmir is its integral part. How can anything come of it,” he questioned.
The solution lies with India accepting Kashmiris’ right to determine their future and India has to show readiness to resolve the problem, he added.