Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday advised the Indian civil society members to play active role in removing the obstacles for the much needed flow of International aid to Kashmir.
In a meeting with Indian civil society delegation Mirwaiz stressed upon the Indian civil society members to utilize its resources and efforts for relief and rehabilitation of lakhs of flood victims for the sake of humanity.
The Indian civil society members included journalist and Director Centre for Policy Analysis Seema Mustafa, president of Press Club of India Dr Anand Sahai, journalist Bula Devi and great grandson of Mahatma Gandhi, Tushar Gandhi meet Mirwaiz at his Nageen residence.
Mirwaiz apprised the delegates about the situation in Kashmir arisen due to the ravaging floods. He stated that government machinery completely failed to deal with the flood crisis.
Asserting that flood torn Kashmiris have been left on the mercy of God, Mirwaiz said, “Many friendly countries and international aid organizations are willing to help Kashmir and I am hopeful that the Indian government will not create any hurdles for them.”
Informing the delegates that the Indian media, especially the electronic one, played a partial role while covering the devastation caused by ravaging floods, Mirwaiz said, “The youth and other welfare organizations played a dare devil role to rescue people from their submerged houses and ferry them to safety.”
He told the Indian civil society members “the stories of public voluntary effort coming to rescue of flood hit victims were completely blacked out by the Indian electronic media.”
Asking Indian civil society to use their influence for allowing the international aid into Kashmir, Mirwaiz said, “Local resources were too meager to deal with the magnitude and scale of destruction caused by the floods. Indian state instead of politicizing the relief and rehabilitation efforts should focus on removing obstacles coming in way of the flow of international aid to Kashmir.”