Need for coordination in freedom camp: Mirwaiz

Srinagar, Dec 9: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday appealed for collective approach and coordination among the pro-freedom groups to carry the movement forward.<B...

Srinagar, Dec 9: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday appealed for collective approach and coordination among the pro-freedom groups to carry the movement forward.
Addressing a seminar "Respect for human rights guarantees global peace" at Hurriyat headquarters here in connection with the world human rights day being celebrated on December 10, Mirwaiz emphasized on discussion among the leadership for way forward.
"We talk of engaging with the Pakistan, India, China and America, why cannot we sit together and form collective approach as time demands accommodation for each other's views at our internal and external front," he said.
Mirwaiz said pro-freedom parties are relevant for pursuing the cause of Kashmiris and "if it gets weakened then we would have no credibility."
"Nobody can deliver individually and in past we tried forging unity, but today I appeal all the groups, if unity cannot be achieved, cannot we sit and discuss together to shape strategies, though we have political differences?" he asked.
Mirwaiz said it was 'greatness of the people' that they were not questioning their leadership vis-à-vis their policies.
"They could drag us by asking what is our roadmap? What are our long term and short-term policies?" he said.
About the five months agitation, Mirwaiz said that sacrifices of youth have added new chapter to the freedom movement and "India cannot now blame Kashmiris for fighting at the behest of Pakistanis."
Castigating government for rights abuses, Mirwaiz said government is a tool for oppressing and repressing Kashmiris.
"Tomorrow there would be no programme in our schools, colleges or universities on human rights or mention of the day anywhere, but hundreds of functions are being organized under Operation Sadbhavana here. Talking justice makes no sense here, when state is trampling rights itself. The State Human Rights Commission is toothless body. We have lodged hundreds of cases there, but not a single decision has been implemented," he said.
Mirwaiz said that state wants to shut the dominant discourse of Azadi to portray Kashmir as an development and employment issue.
"Bar Association should be seen as voice representing the aspirations of Kashmiris within its limits. Everybody whether Bar or human rights bodies should do their own work and there should be coordination among all of us," he said.
Chairman of London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights, Syed Nazir Geelani, said that 'Indian forces have landed here to protect the life, property and honour, under the agreement.'
"If they do fourth thing, it is violation of terms of reference and state can revisit the agreement," he said, adding that Kashmiris were 'entitled to right to self-determination endorsed by the 194 nations of the world.'
Former High Court Bar Association president, Nazir Ahmed Ronga, said that 'India and its agencies are trampling rights of Kashmiris for past 63 years.'
"The first violation was that India has not given Kashmiris right to self determination to decide their fate. The draconian laws like AFSPA and PSA existing here are not anywhere in the world. Every right, whether it is political, social or religious, is violated here," he said.
Ronga said that Mohalla committees should file FIRs against the killings of 112 youth in concerned police stations and courts.
Hurriyat leaders Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Masroor Abbas Ansari and Shahid-ul-Islam were present on the occasion.

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