Kashmir not a religious issue: Mirwaiz

Kashmir not a religious issue: Mirwaiz

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that Kashmir was not a territorial dispute or any problem of Hindu-Muslim divide but a political issue with a human dimension which can be solved only through political means.
Addressing a Friday gathering at historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said that any effort to harm the geographical unity of Jammu and Kashmir or to divide the state on regional or communal lines “will be met with full resistance.”
He said that for Hurriyat, Jammu and Kashmir means an area that existed before 1947 which comprises of five regions including Kashmir, Jammu, Gilgit, Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and Ladakh. Stating that these areas were inhabited by Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists, Sikhs and others, Mirwaiz said the various communities living in these areas were bound by spirit of brotherhood and any political solution to disputed territory should be to the satisfaction of all stakeholders.
Mirwaiz said that amalgam will announce a concrete strategy for resolution of Kashmir issue during a rally on June 20 at Srinagar’s Municipal Park.
Mirwaiz said that some vested interest elements for the sake of petty political gains were busy in hatching conspiracies to harm the geographical unity of the state and they are on the dangerous path of dividing Jammu and Kashmir on regional, and communal lines by sowing the seeds of discord among different communities living in different regions of the state.
Mirwaiz stressed that any effort to harm the geographical unity of the state or playing politics of polarization would produce dire consequences for the region as a whole. Appealing people to remain aware of such elements who were engaged in the dirty game of dividing the state and create 1947 like conditions, Mirwaiz said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir should identity the nefarious designs of such elements who were playing the politics of divide and want to disintegrate the state. However, any change in the nomenclature of the regions is not going to affect the basic geographical identity of the state, he said.