This was the under running sentiment at the silent protest staged by Kashmiri Pandits activists against the Safar-e-Azadi function in Delhi. They had earlier staged a protest against Yasin Malik’s presence at a media conclave where he had shared the dais with prominent personalities to give his vision for the future, for which they had even been detained by the police, yet here they were, again protesting against the man they say is responsible for their ‘ethnic cleansing’.
The activists questioned how the CBI, which has levelled numerous charges against him, wouldn’t initiate any proceedings, even after so many years.
Their main aim, they said, was to create awareness about the past of the likes of Malik, who had not renounced violence because of any remorse but because he had no option as him and JKLF had been ‘decimated by the Hizbul Mujahideeen’.
To some extent this was successful too as they got the opportunity to talk to Justice Sacchar too, who while sympathising to their cause said that no solution would be possible without talking to the other side. To this the activists reminded him that Yasin Malik had till now not condemned a single act of terrorist violence and had never asked his ex-comrades to give up arms.
The Kashmiri Pandits had gathered under the banner of 'Roots in Kashmir,' an organisation of displaced youths from the Valley, outside the venue of the exhibition at the Indian Social Institute near Lodhi Road here.
Soon after the inauguration, the Kashmiri Pandits held peaceful demonstration against Malik.
Carrying placards and banners denouncing Malik, the angry protestors chanted slogans such as ''down with dreaded terrorist'' and ''conscienceless killer''.
Earlier, Malik unveiled the photo and video exhibition titled ''Voice of Peace, Voice of Freedom'' on the JKLF's 114-day non-violent march across the Kashmir valley.
The JKLF chief had named his march as ''safar-e-azadi (journey to freedom)''.
Before the inauguration, Malik said Kashmir was not a border dispute between India and Pakistan, but involved the sentiments and aspirations of the people of the troubled state.
He said the bilateral peace process would be meaningless if the representatives of the people of Jammu and Kashmir were not involved in the dialogue.
The JKLF chairman advocated resolution of the Kashmir issue through peaceful means. ''There is no substitute to peace. There cannot be a military solution to the Kashmir issue. It can be resolved only through peaceful means,'' he added.