Srinagar: Impressing upon the government of India (GoI) to change the “military approach”, Hurriyat Conference (M) chief Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that the resistance leadership will support any step taken on Kashmir.
“GoI needs to understand that power, suppression and oppression cannot resolve the Kashmir issue,” the Mirwaiz said. “It is a political and human issue, and GoI should change its policy.”
Addressing people on Friday at the historic Jamia Masjid, opened after the main Masjid was locked by the government for the last two Fridays, the Mirwaiz said, “On one side, people (the GoI) talk about dialogue and engagement… but on the other hand, grave human rights violations are happening here.
“Under CASO (cordon and search operations), youth particularly are being targeted and killed. South Kashmir has turned into a military garrison, and oppression is increasing day by day,” the Mirwaiz said.
The Hurriyat Conference (M) chief rued that no confidence-building measures (CBMs) were being taken. “It is (a) reality,” he told the gathering inside the Jamia Masjid.
“We believe that if this (dialogue) process is to be taken forward, to resolve the Kashmir issue through talks,” he said, “all parties need to sit together.”
“And more importantly,” he added, “GoI needs to adopt a political approach rather than a military one.
“Then the resistance leadership will completely support such an initiative,” the Mirwaiz said, “so that the solution is reached at according to the aspirations of the people of J&K.”
The Mirwaiz expressed gratitude to Pakistan for its “moral and political support to Kashmiris”.
“Pakistan raised Kashmir at United Nations and has asked India to stop rights violations in Kashmir,” he said. “We are thankful to Pakistan that it offered talks to India.”
He, however, said that India and Pakistan should not “involve themselves in a childish blame game”.
“Both are big countries… they are nuclear-armed. India and Pakistan need to secure the future of their people and of the sub-continent, and for that they should take steps to resolve Kashmir,” the Hurriyat Conference (M) chief said.
On the Kashmir statement of the Organisation of Islamic Conference (OIC), the Mirwaiz said, “Kashmiris believe that GoI and Pakistan should talk… hold dialogue and enhance bilateral relations so that J&K issue is resolved.
“I was also invited (for the meeting of OIC FMs), but I don’t possess travel documents. But we support the statement of OIC on J&K,” he added.
On the issue of Rohingya Muslims being forced out of India, Mirwaiz said that it has exposed the double standards of the GoI.
“The issue of the Rohingyas is the biggest issue confronting Muslims across globe,” he said. “It is a human issue, not only for Muslims or a particular religion, but for all those who believe in human values and are shedding bloodied tears.”
Thanking those who condemned the Burma government over the Rohingya issue, the Mirwaiz, however, said, “The behaviour of the GoI on the Rohingyas is unfortunate.”
“GoI is following double standards… On one hand, India says it believes in democracy and human values but calls Rohingyas as illegal migrants, threat to national security,” he said. “It is unfortunate. Some thousand Rohingyas can’t change the demographic profile of India.”
He said this “approach was being taken only because Rohingyas are Muslims”.
“On the other hand, GoI calls those from Tibet and Chakmas as refugees… GoI says that they are humanitarian refugees. These are double standards, which is unfortunate.”
Suggesting that the GoI broaden its heart for the Rohingyas, he added, “They have crores of populace and should have welcomed Rohingyas.”
He also said that a joint meeting of religious bodies in Kashmir will be called against social evils. “We are facing a crisis and we need to do some practical work.”
On the forcible closure of the Jamia Masjid on Fridays, the Mirwaiz said that the current government is “oppressing Muslims in J&K”.
“Jamia Masjid is being routinely closed… Old City curfewed, people caged, leadership arrested and it is only because of military power that the voice of Kashmiris is being suppressed,” he alleged.
“JK government’s behaviour is unislamic regarding Jamia Masjid, and we condemn it,” he said adding, “The government should change its policy or people, all sections of society, will start a comprehensive programme against it.
“Enough is enough,” he said on the Friday closures of the Jamia Masjid. “Religious sentiments are being targeted, even at a place where Muslims are in a majority, which is not acceptable.”