Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today asked the state government to act instead of politicising burning of educational institutions.
In a statement, he said while commenting on burning of educational institutions said that no one needs to be told about the importance of education and instead of sermonizing and politicising about the issue the question that needs to be answered is who is behind this burning and why it is being done.
Mirwaiz said that every inch of Kashmir soil and every person in Kashmir is under surveillance. There are over seven lakh troops on ground and a huge police presence in every nook and corner of the valley.
“In such a security scenario is it possible that burning of schools will take place in such a systematic and frequent manner and the government forces and intelligence agencies would not be in know of the culprits to be able to nab them, when they have in the past four months in a pin pointed manner arrested more than 15000 youth in the people’s uprising for so called anti-state activities,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that this was ironic when government forces themselves are stationed in many schools across the valley. He said that such mischievous acts are part of the diversionary plan to shift focus from dealing with the actual issue on the ground and further harass and distress people.
He said to shift focus, first a war hysteria was created in the region and the Kashmir problem was externalized and now when the focus is again shifting towards the problem on ground, school burning has become the new disturbing focus.
Mirwaiz said on one hand this government is beating its chest over burning of schools as it is greatly concerned about the “education of students “and on the other hand it is harassing and tormenting students into forcibly taking examinations when they are repeatedly demanding they be deferred for some time, keeping in view the trauma that they are going through due to the oppression faced by the nation in the last four months.
Meanwhile, an APHC spokesman strongly denounced and condemned the atrocities by security forces on the peaceful protestors at Rohama Pulwama, Shopian, Bandipora, Anantnag and Sopore by firing pellets and bullets at them, resulting in critical injuries to dozens, including blinding of three students.