Mirwaiz reiterates unity call
‘Struggle Till Freedom’
ARIF SHAFI WANI
Srinagar, Sept 3: On the occasion of Jamat-ul-Vida which was observed as Kashmir Day, lakhs of people led by Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq unanimously passed six resolutions at Jamia Masjid here including to carry on the ongoing struggle till ‘achievement of freedom.’
The Jamia Masjid, which has been at the centre-stage of resistance movements in the past, reverberated with pro-freedom and anti-India slogans besides special prayers for the success of the ongoing movement. Mirwaiz reiterated his unification call to the pro-freedom leaders saying it was high time to jointly take the movement to its logical conclusion. He also asked New Delhi if it was serious to normalize the situation in Kashmir and pave way for its resolution, it must accept the conglomerate’s four-point formula.
“Kashmiris have been fighting for right to self-determination since 1947. India has been trying to suppress their aspirations by killings, harassment, arrests and curfews. We won’t let the blood of martyrs go waste. On auspicious occasion of Youm-e-Kashmir, we resolve and vow to carry on the movement till we achieve freedom,” Mirwaiz said while addressing the Friday congregation as emotionally charged people passed the resolution with pro-freedom slogans.
Mirwaiz said the ongoing movement has reached a decisive phase and need of the hour is to forge unity among the pro-freedom leaders. He said history stands testimony that the Kashmiris’ resistance movement has been a symbol of unity among the masses and pro-freedom leaders.
“As Chairman of the Hurriyat I have been making unification efforts. I hope for the larger interests of the movement and in respect of aspirations of Kashmiris, the senior pro-freedom leaders Syed Ali Shah Geelani and Muhammad Yasin Malik will respond positively to my unification call and offer prayers at Eidgah on Eid-ul-Fitr to mark the beginning of unity,” Mirwaiz said.
He said it is a good sign that the pro-freedom groups are reiterating the demands which the conglomerate has already taken up with New Delhi.
“Now the leadership of Kashmiris has made the conditions for improving situation in the Valley clear. If New Delhi is serious, it should immediately implement the conditions including demilitarization, shifting of bunkers and troops camps from civilian areas, revocation of AFSPA, PSA, stopping innocent killings, allow the international human rights organization to visit Valley and investigate the HR abuses, release youth and political prisoners and allow peaceful demonstrations,” he said before passing the second resolution.
Maintaining that Kashmir is a trilateral issue, Mirwaiz said time was ripe for the leadership of India, Pakistan and Kashmir to resolve the issue in accordance with aspirations of the Kashmiris.
“We reject self-rule and autonomy which are being projected as solution to the dispute,” he said.
In the third resolution, Mirwaiz paid rich tributes to the 65 youth and children killed by troopers and police during past over two months. “We resolve to express solidarity with the bereaved families in this hour of grief and assure them that whole nation shares their sorrows. At the same time, we strongly condemn the reign of terror unleashed by Indian forces to suppress our movement,” he said.
The fourth resolution castigated the Government for infringement into the religious rights of Kashmiri Muslims. “It is unfortunate that despite being a Muslim majority state the authorities by its military might have snatched the religious rights of Kashmiris. This is a shame that Jamia Masjid which represents the sentiments of Kashmiris was closed for six consecutive weeks. Besides, the authorities hampered the religious activities in other shrines and masjids of the Valley. We unanimously resolve to condemn the interference into our religious affairs,” Mirwaiz said as the people passed the resolution by voice vote.
In the fifth resolution, Mirwaiz urged upon the international organizations to ensure representation of Kashmiris in the dialogue process between India and Pakistan and play a role in finding a viable solution to the dispute. In the last resolution, Mirwaiz condemned what he termed as “state terrorism” in the form of killings, crackdowns, arrests to suppress the ongoing movement.
He made a fervent appeal to people to celebrate Eid with austerity in view of the prevailing situation in the Valley and killings of 65 youth and children. He also expressed sympathy with Pakistan over the devastation and loss of life caused by floods.
Later, Mirwaiz led a massive protest rally from Jamia Masjid to the shrine of Dastgeer Sahib (RA).
Lastupdate on : Fri, 3 Sep 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
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