Srinagar: “Permanent peace in south Asia is not possible till Kashmir issue is resolved,” Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said Thursday.
Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest for the past two days, while addressing a seminar over the phone said that both India and Pakistan have a public-mandated dispensation which has given them a unique opportunity to solve the Kashmir issue.
The seminar titled “Kashmir issue and responsibility of leadership” was organized by the Hurriyat at Kralpora, Kupwara to pay homage to Mirwaiz Molvi Mohammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone. The seminar was chaired by senior Hurriyat leader Prof Abdul Gani Bhat.
Paying tributes to late Molvi Farooq, Lone and others slain in the conflict in Kashmir, Mirwaiz said that it was the responsibility of leaders to “take forward the mission of martyrs to its logical conclusion.” He said the Hurriyat was engaged in a peaceful struggle for freedom, adding that all nefarious designs to inflict harm on aspirations and emotions of Kashmiris would be resisted tooth and nail.
Mirwaiz said that permanent peace in south Asia was not possible till Kashmir issue is not resolved, adding that Kashmiri struggle was not against an individual or a state, but for the right to self-determination.
The Hurriyat chief condemned the government for foiling the May 21 programme and said all programmes of the amalgam were stopped by use of force while as the rallies and campaigns of pro-Indian parties were given foolproof security. He said that “for the sake of so-called democracy, authorities were not allowing Kashmiris to even pay tributes to their martyrs.”
Speaking on the occasion, Prof Bhat said the fact Kashmir is a disputed territory should be accepted, adding, without its solution, peace would not come in the region. He said that Kashmir movement was the “asset of martyrs lying with the Kashmiri people.” He said that dialogue was the only option to solve the Kashmir dispute.
Senior Hurriyat leader Bilal Gani Lone, who concluded the seminar, stated that Kashmir issue should be solved according to the wishes and aspirations of people. He said the Hurriyat would take forward the struggle to its logical conclusion.
Others who addressed the seminar included Hilal Ahmad War, Hakim Abdul Rashid, Syed Bashir Andrabi, Shahid Saleem, GN War, Mir Ghulam Hassan, and DR Sharma. The senior leaders who participated in the seminar included, Musadiq Adil, GN Zaki, advocate Abdul Majid Banday, Khaleel Mohammad Khaleel, Chowdhary Shaheen, Abdul Rashid Untoo, GN Najar, and Master Mohammad Afzal.