SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Friday said the unified pro-freedom leadership would announce joint resolutions regarding the Kashmir issue on Jumat-ul-Vida–the last Friday of Ramadan.
“These resolutions would be presented before the people at all Masjids, shrines and Imam Barghas for their approval,” he said in his address at the Jamia Masjid here.
Terming the statements of rightwing BJP as “ostrich syndrome”, he said the party leaders’ assertions about Kashmir are not going to change the political and historical importance of the dispute.
“It is not an administrative, electoral, or a law and order issue, but an internationally-accepted political issue involving the political future of the people,” he said.
“Ignoring the people of Kashmir in any resolution process would not only be against the universally-accepted political norms but would in contravention of the principles of human dignity. It would not be acceptable to the people of Kashmir.”
Mirwaiz asked the BJP leadership to come out of its “self illusions” about Kashmir and understand the fundamental political as well as historical realities about the region. The party, he said, should adopt a “realistic policy” and initiate a “meaningful dialogue” with the people of Kashmir and Pakistan for the resolution of Kashmir issue. Describing the BJP Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s statement in Jammu—that the people of Kashmir have no role to play in the resolution of Kashmir issue—as “his ignorance”, Hurriyat (M) chairman said the issue involved the political future and aspirations of the people who cannot be taken for granted.
Expressing surprise over the hue and cry raised by certain BJP quarters over the invitation of Pakistan High Commissioner to Hurriyat leadership for an Iftaar party, he said: “To blow out of proportions this simple invitation for a social event and present it out of its context speaks about the mental bankruptcy of such elements”.
Mirwaiz said the pro-freedom leadership would not remain silent over any policy that harms the collective interests of the people of Kashmir.
He condemned the continued restrictions on the movement of resistance leadership and their arrests, continued house arrest of veteran resistance leader Syed Ali Geelani, arrest of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik, and detention of other leaders and activists.