SRINAGAR: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said instead of hacking at the leaves, prime minister, Narendra Modi, should address the root cause of Kashmir issue.
“Kashmir is not an administrative or an economic problem but a political issue,” a spokesman quoted Mirwaiz saying.
The spokesman said that the pro-freedom leader was addressing a gathering of people at Chrar-e-Sharief after offering Friday congregational prayers at the shrine of Alamdaar-e-Kashmir, Sheikh Nooruddin Noorani(RA).
Mirwaiz said government of India’s promises of development projects, economic packages and economic stability were a “farce” until it showed the will to resolve Kashmir issue through peaceful means of dialogue.
He said resolution of vexed Kashmir issue was a must for lasting peace and political stability of entire South Asia and it was not an issue that could be “resolved by extending political favours, economic packages, job bonanzas and subsidies but by taking a political initiative”.
Mirwaiz said New Delhi should realize that the international community now understands the seriousness of resolving Kashmir issue and only the resolution of this long-pending dispute could guarantee lasting peace, development and prosperity in the region.
Terming Kashmir resolution inevitable, he said keeping the issue pending had hijacked the peace of the entire region for the past seven decades and put the lives of billions of people at stake.
He said for avoiding any such disaster, there was a need to resolve Kashmir keeping in mind the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiris.
He advised the incumbent government in New Delhi that instead of using its military might and adopting a military approach and unleashing a “reign of terror” in Kashmir, they should follow the policies of their former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee and initiate a process of dialogue and engagement.