SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) has sent a letter to Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC) mentioning the reason for Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s inability to attend its conference and the prevailing situation in Kashmir.
A spokesman of Hurriyat (M) said that in response to the invite send to Mirwaiz to attend the OIC foreign ministers and Kashmir contact group meet in New York during the 71st annual UN session, a letter was sent to the secretary general of OIC, Iyad bin Amin Madani.
“While thanking the OIC for the invitation it was mentioned that due to the detention of Mirwaiz for the last 23 days at a sub-jail and the impounding of his travel documents for the past four years he would not be able to attend the meetings, which he regrets,” he said.
The letter, he said, mentioned in detail the current “grim” situation in the Valley and the “unrelenting and unprecedented violence wrecked upon the subjected people of Kashmir by the Indian forces”.
The letter appreciates the OIC for its principled and ethical response to the fast deteriorating humanitarian crisis in Kashmir and thanked them for their concern and support, he said.
The letter also stated that Kashmir was “neither an internal matter of India nor a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan”.
“This conflict has simmered since 1947 due to the non-implementation of UN Security Council and UNCIP Resolutions. The conflict cannot be resolved without determining the wishes of the Kashmiri people, through a civilized and democratic method such as the referendum promised by UN Security Council resolutions in 1948,” the letter mentioned.
Hurriyat Conference (M) has stated that it believed “an alternative path to work out the modalities of a resolution is through dialogue”.
The conglomerate has appealed the OIC to support this demand and urge the UN and the international community to prevail upon India to enable a “genuine unconditional and transparent dialogue with all stakeholders i.e. India Pakistan and the people of Kashmir”.
“The immediate steps in this regard are: Immediately stop killing, torture and arbitrary arrests of Kashmiri civilians and release all political prisoners; remove arbitrary and draconian laws and conditions such as the Disturbed Areas act, Public Safety Act and others .There should be no reprisal or intimidation against the people of Kashmir as they discuss and express their political aspirations in public spaces.
“The use of firearms and pellet guns on unarmed protesters should be stopped; to start demilitarizing from all of Kashmir and revoke impunity laws such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA); allow an OHCHR fact-finding mission to assess the situation in Kashmir; and most importantly recognise the right of Kashmiri people to determine their own political future,” the conglomerate asked.
Meanwhile, Hurriyat (M) condemned the imposition of restrictions to “sabotage” the rally to Baramulla and Pulwama.
“During the night raids, the government forces have arrested activists of the APHC including Jammu Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC) General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, other workers and youth, which is condemnable and shows their frustration,” the spokesman said.
The spokesman also condemned the raids carried out by the government forces in Ganderbal, Shopian, Bandipora and many parts of Srinagar and beating up people to terrorize them and create fear among them.