Mirwaiz urges Modi, Imran to initiate talks

Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday urged Prime Minister Narendera Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan to make serious efforts to resolve Kashmir issue for permanent peace in the region.

He said that Hurriyat was ready to act as a bridge between the two countries, as envisioned by his late father Mirwaiz Moulana Muhammad Farooq who first suggested the idea of tripartite talks involving India, Pakistan and Kashmiris, at a public rally in Srinagar.

Addressing the 56th foundation day of the Awami Action Committee (AAC), Mirwaiz said that AAC has a history of sacrifices and huge contribution towards the ongoing struggle in Kashmir.

“It is extremely painful that each day we shoulder the coffins of our young and old and take them to graves. In the past one week alone, 25 people have lost their lives including militants, civilians and soldiers to the conflict. We want an end to these killings,” Mirwaiz said in his presidential address to the AAC workers at the organizations’ headquarters at Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal.

“My fervent appeal to the PMs of both countries is how long have to we shoulder the coffins of the young and old? The mandate people of Pakistan and India gave to PMs of the two nations calls for an end to the bloodshed in Kashmir and for that there is a need for a sustained dialogue with the active participation of the people of Kashmir,” he said.

Mirwaiz, who is the AAC patron, said that the organization was founded to give voice to Kashmiris and their genuine demand for a peaceful resolution of Kashmir issue.

“It was India and Pakistan that took the issue to the UN when Jammu and Kashmir got divided in 1947,” Mirwaiz said.

“It were they who signed the UN resolutions, and in the last 70 years both countries have gone to wars over it and signed various agreements at Tashkent, Shimla, Agra, Lahore and started the composite dialogue. But it is the people of Kashmir who have suffered the most and are at the receiving end,” Mirwaiz said.

Mirwaiz said that it was the founder of AAC, Shaheed e Millat Mirwaiz Farooq who first talked of an alternative means of a peaceful and democratic resolution in the form of dialogue among the stakeholders.

“A great votary of peace progress and friendship among the people of both the nations, he wanted Kashmir to be a bridge of friendship between the two countries, not a source of continuous belligerence which only benefits the arms suppliers of the world at the expense of resources that should go for upliftment of millions of poor in both the countries,” Mirwaiz said.

He said that AAC was not formed for furthering interests or to gain power.

“The party’s purpose is to peacefully press for resolution of the Kashmir issue keeping in view the sentiments and aspirations of its people,” said Mirwaiz.

“It believes in the democratic principle that people of entire J&K as it existed in 1947 have a right to seek a resolution of the issue that arose when the subcontinent was divided and subsequently J&K also got divided.”

Mirwaiz said an “artificial line” runs through this land dividing friends and families. “People of Kashmir want an end to uncertainty of past many decades. They want a closure. We are not against any nation or its people. We are people of peace and goodwill and all we say is resolve the issue peacefully through dialogue,” he said.