Asks GoI to take serious steps towards resolving Kashmir

KG News Desk

Srinagar, July 14: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who continues to be under house detention since past four weeks, strongly criticized government for barring him from offering Friday prayers and delivering religious sermon at Jamia Masjid and turning entire downtown into a “military garrison’.

In a statement, Mirwaiz said, “The government has crossed all limits of authoritarianism and flouted every basic principle of democracy.”

He said this government has been repeatedly curbing the religious rights of a large section of the society and hurts their religious sentiments.

Mirwaiz said resorting to “repressive” moves of curfew and restrictions and detaining of resistance leadership is being done to suppress and muzzle the sentiment in Kashmir and choke all space for peaceful means of expressing that sentiment and to further isolate and agitate the people of Kashmir, especially the youth.

Meanwhile, the Hurriyat (M) chairman welcomed the statement of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres wherein he has once again stressed for a meaningful dialogue between India and Pakistan and that of China which has offered to a mediate for a permanent resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

“This reflects that the international community is concerned about the situation in Kashmir and the grave consequences for the region if the dispute is not resolved,” he said.

Referring to GoI’s response to Chinese offer of mediation that Kashmir issue is to be resolved bilaterally, Mirwaiz said whenever there is international pressure and outrage over the situation here and a third country offers mediation to resolve the dispute, the Government of India quickly rejects it saying they will resolve it bilaterally with Pakistan. “And When Pakistan asks India to engage in dialogue with both them and the people of Kashmir to address the dispute, GoI refuses and dodges saying Kashmir is an internal problem and links the people’s struggle to so called Islamic terrorism.”

“This doublespeak is compounding the miseries of the people of Kashmir who want the Government of India to put an end to repression and start serious steps towards the resolution of the Kashmir dispute and give peace in subcontinent a real chance.”

Mirwaiz said the present situation  of direct confrontation between Indian and Pakistani forces on the borders testifies the fact that status quo in Kashmir cannot work any longer and immediate steps have to be taken to resolve the issue.

He said New Delhi must shun its “military approach” and show maturity and magnanimity by bringing all the three parties on table for the early and honourable resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with the aspirations of the people of Kashmir and do away with the impending danger of catastrophe hitting the region due to mounting threat of war.