NEW DELHI: The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday said that “politics of communal hatred” was against India’s own interests.
“The politics of polarisation and communal hatred is against Indian’s own interest. The extremist Indian elements are trying to create communal tensions in Jammu and Kashmir, sometimes by arousing religious passions and sometimes by raking up sectarian tensions in a bid to push their own agenda in Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said, while addressing a round table conference organised by the Centre for Policy Analysis (CPA) at the India International Center (IIC), New Delhi.
He said that the solution to the vexed Kashmir issue lies in showing “political will and courage and not in exhibiting a military approach to procrastinate the issue”.
Mirwaiz said nothing could be gained by “overlooking” the political and historical facts of Kashmir issue, “which would only put the peace of the entire region in danger”.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said Kashmir was both a “political issue and a human problem” and highlighted the dangers the unresolved Kashmir poses to the peace in South Asia.
He said the Indian political leadership was following “unrealistic policies and trying to implement them by force on the people of Kashmir”.
“The unresolved Kashmir issue is a danger for both the nuclear neighbours and has remained a cause of constant confrontation between them for the past seven decades, casting a shadow on the peace of the entire region,” he said.
Mirwiaz said that instead of educating the people of India about the long-standing Kashmir dispute, they are being “misled” about the situation in Kashmir by presenting it as a law and order problem and not as an unresolved political dispute.
“The civil society of India has a role to educate its masses about the ground reality in Kashmir and the importance of resolving this issue,” he said.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said this policy can neither put the Kashmir issue on the backburner nor demoralize the people of Kashmir from carrying forward with their just struggle for right to self-determination.
“By using force and stopping the Hurriyat leaders from carrying political activities, government cannot change the stand of the freedom loving people and the Hurriyat leadership,” he said.
Mirwaiz also condemned the enforcing curfew in downtown Srinagar and South Kashmir’s Islamabad region “where police and Indian forces used oppressive tactics against the local population” and the arrest of senior party leader Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and house detention of Javaid Ahmad Mir.