Construction of houses for flood-hit from next week: Mirwaiz

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman Mirwaiz Umar FarooqFriday announced that his conglomerate would next week start constructing houses for the flood-hit families.
“Darul Khair would start constructing houses under the Akh Akisprogramme for the flood hit victims from next week,” he said in a press statement issued here.
In first phase of the project for which a donation of Rs 1 crore has been collected, he said the houses will be built in Mandir Bagh, Chattabal, Maisuma, and Suthra Shahi areas of the city.
“The cases of the flood victims whose names were suggested by the local Mosque committees and approved by the spearheading committee are being considered in the first phase,” he said, appealing people to support the initiative.
He said Darul Khair would continue its “mission of helping the flood victims with the support of the Kashmiri nation” and without the help of the state government.
Castigating the government and pro-India parties for focusing on elections rather than rehabilitation of the flood victims, he said “they (pro-India parties) are playing politics over the miseries of the flood victims”.
Welcoming the Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharief’s statement that Pakistan would talk to hurriyat leadership before resuming dialogue with India, Mirwaiz said: “India’s position is contrary to the basic international and diplomatic principles. It is asking Pakistan to choose between India and Hurriyat leadership.”
“Kashmiris are the main party to the dispute and they are the ones to decide its political future. India shall not befool itself by thinking that it would ignore Kashmiri leadership and pressurise Pakistan to do the same,” he added.
Minus participation of Kashmiris, talks are a “futile exercise”, he said.