Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday hoped that the new dispensation in New Delhi would accept the reality of Kashmir issue and “reframe” its policy for meaningful engagement.
He said Hurriyat was ready to support any effort aimed at resolution of Kashmir issue.
“Now that Lok Saba elections have ended, we hope the new dispensation at New Delhi would accept the ground realities in Kashmir, reframe its Kashmir policy and take steps to end hostilities in the region which has bore the brunt of ongoing conflict,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a seminar organised by the amalgam titled “The Importance of Dialogue in the Backdrop of strained Indo-Pak Relations.”
The seminar was organised to commemorate 29th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed-e-Milat Moulana Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq and 19th martyrdom anniversary of Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Khawja Abdul Gani Lone at the Hurriyat’s Rajbagh headquarters.
Reacting to the assertions made by senior BJP leader Dr Jitender Singh that “Kashmir issue was a myth created by the Congress,” Mirwaiz said that the claims signify that the party was totally unaware of ground situation in Kashmir.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman, however, said whosoever comes to power in New Delhi must analyse whether the existing Kashmir policy has yielded anything.
“I am hopeful the new government at Delhi would take concrete steps to engage with people. Hurriyat is ready to support any initiative to be taken by India and Pakistan towards resolving one of the oldest disputes of the world,” Mirwaiz said.
He said it was Hurriyat which held talks with former Prime Ministers of India, Altal Bihari Vajpayee, Manmohan Singh and former President of Pakistan, Pervez Mushraf.
“Isn’t it a fact that Vajpayee announced that Kashmir issue needs to be resolved within ambit of humanity? Even Mushraff spoke about out of the box (solution) for Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said.
He, however, said that over the past five years, “ultimate repression” was unleashed in Kashmir and all the peaceful means of protests were choked.
“There was a time when we (separatists) would travel to villages, talk to people, build an opinion on resolving the issue. But when each of us in Kashmir have been choked how can we evolve consensus on the way-forward,” he said. “Seminars are being banned, rallies disallowed and we are not even allowed to express sympathy with martyrs’ families.”
He alleged that separatist leadership was “harassed through NIA and Enforce Directorate”.
He termed the prevailing situation in Kashmir as “painful” stating there was no let up in the “policies of repression and intimidations” and killings and CASOs continue unabated even in the holy month of Ramadhan.
Mirwaiz said the gun-wielding local boys were the products of the “ongoing oppression” and they were getting consumed in the unresolved conflict.
“The youth who are picking up arms are driven by emotions as all of them have faced wrath of forces in one or the other way,” he said. “They are left with no option but to pick up arms.”
Mirwaiz said today it is the fourth generation of Kashmiris which is “fighting for their legitimate rights”.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman demanded that all separatist leaders should be released without any pre-condition before Eid-ul-Fitr and the ban on different organisations should also lifted.
“The confidence building measures (CBMS) like LoC travel and trade that have been stopped should be restored by Eid,” he said.
“Our martyrs especially Shaheed-e-Milat and Shaheed-e-Hurriyat and all the martyrs of Kashmir who laid their lives in the ongoing struggle are our great assets and we vow to carry forward their mission with full vigour and zeal,” Mirwaiz said.
Others who spoke on the occasion included Bilal Gani Lone, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari and Engineer Hilal Ahmed War, besides representatives of Hurriyat (G) and other organisations. The seminar was moderated by Moulana Syedur Rehman Shams.