Mulling unity on 2008 pattern: Mirwaiz Umar

‘Can’t Tolerate Anything Against Kashmiris’ Interests’

ZAHID MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Oct 23: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Tuesday said that efforts are on for coordination between different separatist groups on the pattern of 2008.
“I assure you that there are no serious differences between us. We are all on one path. Whatever party or leader is in Hurriyat camp, their goal is one. We are still trying for coordination on 2008 pattern,” Mirwaiz said addressing a gathering of violence victims organized by Zafar Akbar Bhat-led Kashmir Salvation Movement at Hurriyat headquarters Rajbagh here.
Mirwaiz also assured the participants that Hurriyat will come on a common platform “if interests of Kashmiris are harmed.” “We cannot tolerate anything going against the interests of Kashmiris,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that there are only two groups in Kashmir, “pro-freedom and pro-India.” “A line has been drawn between the two. The mission of all parties in pro-freedom camp is right to self-determination, only approaches may vary,” he said.
Hailing the victims for sacrifices made by them, Mirwaiz said, “It’s because of sacrifices rendered by lakhs of people that India was reprimanded in various international forums. Let me tell you that sacrifices of people give us courage to fight with India at internal, international and diplomatic front.”
On the recent incidents of firing at Line of Control, Mirwaiz said, “New Delhi projects our struggle as sponsored from outside.”
Mirwaiz also flayed politicians and police officers for ‘beating the drum of peace.’ “We also want peace, we are also peace-loving people, but they want peace of the graveyard,” he said.
On India-Pakistan relations, Mirwaiz said that they cannot be normal till Kashmir issue remains unresolved. “The recent bashing of each other at UN reflects how friendship can elude them till Kashmir issue is not solved. Otherwise they had agreements on trade and visa.”
JKSM Chairman Zaffar Akbar Bhat on the occasion stressed on the leaders to lend a helping hand to victims. “We cannot forget their sacrifices at any cost. It is the responsibility of the leaders to carry this struggle to its logical end and support them emotionally and financially. Resolution of Kashmir issue is imperative for peace in South Asia,” he said.
He also called on people and leaders to remember the victims on Eid.
Other leaders present on the occasion were Shahid-ul-Islam, Musadiq Adil and Saleem Geelani.

Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 23 Oct 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 24 Oct 2012 00:00:00 IST




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