Reacting to the Governor's speech and the statement of the government on peace and progress, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that such objectives couldn't be achieved in an "environment of subjugation and repression".
Addressing a massive gathering at Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said: "Peace and progress are great objectives and basic right of humans world over and who would cherish them more than us, to whom they are most elusive, but in an environment of subjugation and repression can these objective be realized in their real sense?"
"What kind of peace and progress can be achieved when people feel captive, when they believe that their fundamental political right has been reneged upon and instead their aspirations are met with ruthlessness of force and might, when any space for expression of their aspirations is denied to them through use of force when the state treats them as rebels and hostile inhabitants and justifies its highhandedness and brutality in the name of maintaining law and order."
Mirwaiz said that "Let us give peace and progress a real chance by respecting the wishes of the people of J&K," said Mirwaiz, adding "conserving our resources for the progress of the people of the region, especially the downtrodden who are in huge numbers rather than on upgrading our military arsenals."
He said loss of lives on every side is sad and it is time "we show maturity and address the basic dispute to the relief of all."
Expressing regret over the Bombay High Court judgement in which three accused from the majority community were "let off" for the murder of 24-year-old IT graduate Mohsin Sheikh on the ground that the victim belonged to the different religion which provoked the killers to murder him, Mirwaiz said: "While Kashmiris are at the receiving end of justice system and are punished to satisfy the collective conscience of the nation or on fabricated charges of sedition but Indian Muslims who owe allegiance to their country and are considered equal citizens under its constitution are so openly and brazenly discriminated on the basis on religion while the majority community enjoys impunity under the same constitution."