SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday announced that the pro-freedom amalgam would construct hundred houses for the flood-devastated families at a cost of Rs five crore and 20 lakh through the organised mohalla committee system.
Addressing the Friday congregation at the historic Jami Masjid here, he said the constructions will be carried out in the first phase of the initiative ‘Aakh Akis’ (All Together) launched by Dar-ul-Khair wing of the Hurriyat. And to identify the “neediest of the needy” families desperately requiring new homes, he said the mohalla committee in the affected areas will be engaged.
“We will ask the mohalla committee in each area to identify the families that need house to be reconstructed. That done, we will take help of the experts to build the houses,” he said.
Each house will have 600 square feet area with two rooms, kitchen, and a washroom.
“Each structure is expected to cost Rs 520, 000,” he said, asking the well-off families in the less affected areas of Srinagar and the Kashmiris living outside to come forward with donations.
“We have created a bank account to receive donations. You can also donate at the office of Dar-ul-Khair in Mirwaiz Manzil at Rajouri Kadal or at Nigeen,” he said.
“While we wait for international aid to be allowed into Kashmir, it’s time for all of us help ourselves. Time for donating rice and blankets is gone, it is time to rebuild.”
Expressing concern about the ceasefire violations by India and Pakistan on the Line of Control (LoC), Mirwaiz appealed “both the nations to cease fire immediately and to negotiate.”
“India and Pakistan cannot have option of war because they are nuclear powers. It is important that both the countries cease fire and negotiate for resolving all issues including the core issue of Kashmir,” he said. “The violence on the LoC has consumed 30 lives on either side. This cannot continue.”
India, he said, shall “give up stubbornness and accept that resolving Kashmir issue is important for peace in the region.”