SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said the Government of India’s (GoI’s) “doublespeak” is compounding the misery of Kashmiris who want New Delhi to put an end to “repression” and give peace in subcontinent a real chance by taking serious steps towards the resolution of Kashmir dispute.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz while referring to GoI’s response to Chinese offer of mediation that Kashmir issue is to be resolved bilaterally, said whenever there is international pressure and outrage over the situation here and a third country offers mediation to resolve the dispute, New Delhi quickly rejects it saying they will resolve it bilaterally with Pakistan.
“And when Pakistan asks India to engage in dialogue with them and the people of Kashmir to address the dispute, the GoI refuses and dodges saying Kashmir is an internal problem and links the people’s struggle to so-called Islamic terrorism,” he said.
The Hurriyat (M) Chairman also 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.
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.