Dal Khalsa on Friday observed ‘Kashmir Solidarity Day’ and demanded immediate demilitarization of Kashmir and a political resolution to the Kashmir conflict in consonance with the genuine aspirations of its people.Dal Khalsa held a demonstration in Jalandhar today to raise their spirited voice against the killings of unarmed Kashmiri protesters and civilians in police firing and expressed its dismay over the mis (use) of pellet guns that had blinded the innocent children as young as four year old.As per the issued by Dal Khalsa, said that hundreds of activists stood at city’s busiest Chowk holding Sikh flags, placards and banners to convey their message.
“They marched towards nearby Gurudwara and performed prayers to pay homage to victims who fell to the bullets of the armed forces in the valley ever since the death of a charismatic militant commander Burhan Wani that inspired rage among young Kashmiris and a violent response from the state authorities,’ the statement said.In its policy statement released during the protest, the Dal Khalsa stated that the rightful aspirations of the people of Kashmir should be respected and they should be given the free, fair and unfettered opportunity to express their desire through the universally accepted Right to Self Determination.
Dal Khalsa Protests in Jalandhar 2One of the placards carried the message of ‘Sikh Nation stands with Kashmiri Nation’ and ‘Right to self-determination is alienable right of every nationality”.“Withdraw army, return Kashmir to its people, repeal AFSPA and stop killing innocent civilians,” read another one.Party president Advocate Harpal Singh Cheema on the occasion said that no democracy can thrive through terror and domination. “The violence, rape and maiming of the Kashmiri people was big blot on Indian democracy. The state terrorism can’t kill the genuine political aspirations of the people of Kashmir,’ he said.He said the Right to Self Determination was an inalienable right and to talk and walk for that is a fundamental right of every nationality and people.Cheema advocated referendum for people of Kashmir, Punjab, Nagaland and Assam. “The key to permanent peace in this sub-continent lies in granting Right to Self Determination to all struggling peoples residing in peripheral states of India.”
“He gave a call for united front comprising all minorities and ethnic peoples to fight jointly against common oppressor (read New Delhi),” the statement said.
Senior leader H S Dhami said, “the civil administration in Kashmir was virtually non-existent and whatever was there was subservient to the Indian armed forces. The newly elected government under Ms Mehbooba Mufti was merely a mask to shield and provide free run to the armed forces, which operates with impunity.”Taking strong view of the silence of the world powers on “Indian atrocities” against minorities and Dalits, party spokesperson Kanwar Pal Singh said the so-called world democracies have shut their eyes on India’s poor record of Human Rights only to serve their economic interest.Hitting at Punjab’s political parties for maintaining studied silence, he said the AAP and SAD in Punjab must speak out whether they were with oppressor or oppressed people.Activists of Akhand Kirtani Jatha (a religious body), Sikh Youth of Punjab and Sikh Students Federation also participated in the demonstration, the statement added. (KNS)