Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said he hoped that the new dispensation in New Delhi would start a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan and Kashmiris to solve the Kashmir dispute “once and for all.”
Addressing a gathering at historic Jamia Masjid in connection with ‘Martyrs Week’ programme, Mirwaiz said that BJP and its allies won the elections in India on the agenda of development and ending poverty. He said it was a stark reality that the poverty and poor economy of Indians and millions of people residing in South Asia would not end till Kashmir issue gets resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of people. He said Indian defence expenditure has already passed the 48 billion dollar mark and more than 40 percent of Indian population lives below the poverty line.
Mirwaiz expressed hope that “contrary to past, the new dispensation in Delhi would apprise people in India about the historical issues connected with the Kashmir dispute and would take bold steps to start a meaningful dialogue with Pakistan and Kashmiris to solve the Kashmir dispute for once and all.”
“The change of political dispensation in India was meaningless for Kashmiris until the government of India does not bring changes in its policies and attitude towards the lingering Kashmir issue,” Mirwaiz said.
Paying tributes to late Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone and victims of the Hawal massacre, Mirwaiz said “sacrifices offered by people were a priceless asset for the freedom struggle.”
Hurriyat Conference(G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani Friday said the election results in India would have little impact on the “Kashmir dispute” as BJP and Congress were the “two faces of the same coin.”
“The transfer of power from Congress to BJP doesn’t matter for us because we are striving for complete freedom of Jammu and Kashmir from Indian occupation,” Geelani said in a statement.
Terming BJP and Congress as “communal parties,” Geelani said, “wearing the secular mask Congress has over the past 67 years massacred innocent Muslims of India and Jammu and Kashmir with 36000 anti-Muslim riots having occurred during its tenure”.
“The shameful act of Babri Masjid demolition was performed by BJP and Shiv Sena under the patronage of Congress government. Sikhs and Christians were massacred in Congress rule and the Congress ministers adopted ‘Chankiyaie and Mekawali’ politics and captured the state of Jammu and Kashmir by force and military might and brought whole South Asia on the verge of nuclear war. The wealth, capital or money which should have been used to eliminate the poverty of India and Pakistan, those billions of dollars are used in the race of weapons and arms, because India is suffering from the passion of war,” Geelani said.
Geelani held both the parties “responsible for the massacres and bloodshed of innocent and unarmed people and both the parties have same viewpoint over the disputed nature of Kashmir, than how does it matter for us that who holds the power.”
He asserted that Kashmiris should not expect anything from Congress or BJP but “should remain firm on our just stand and not lose hope regarding the freedom movement of Kashmir.”
‘An opportunity to resolve Kashmir issue’
Shakeel Qalander, member Kashmir Centre for Social and Development Studies(KCDS), while reacting on the BJP win said, “We need a strong leader in India who can resolve the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir. He should launch a dialogue process with the people of Kashmir as well as with Pakistan.”
“I think Modi should deliver(on Kashmir). I hope that better sense prevails and the new Indian government makes efforts for the resolution of Kashmir issue,” he told Kashmir Reader.
Academician and chairperson KCDS Hameeda Nayeem said as far as the agenda of BJP in the elections was concerned there was little hope that they will solve the Kashmir issue. “But they have absolute majority now and they will not be afraid of Congress to take decisions, so it is an opportunity for Modi to solve the long- pending Kashmir issue if he wants to be remembered in history as a great leader. Modi has talked about development of India, but development is not possible if conflicts are left unresolved,” she said.
‘Wait and watch’
“We will have to wait and watch. With the new Modi- led NDA government in India, Kashmir issue will either get solved or the problem will worsen. They have an absolute majority so they will take decisions independently. They can take any decision regarding the solution of Kashmir, but we will have to wait for those decisions. Given their RSS ideology they will either use aggressive posture on Kashmir or by enjoying absolute majority go for reconciliation. As Kashmiris we have to be conscious and apprehensive on account of their ideology,” said academician and writer Shiekh Showket.