Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday sought the intervention of world community in resumption of talks between India and Pakistan for resolution of Kashmir issue.
“The international community needs to play a role in the resumption of India-Pakistan talks and ensure that the Kashmiri leadership was on board for the resolution of Kashmir issue as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said during an interaction with a Canadian delegation at his residence here.
Canadian Deputy High Commissioner Jess Dutton and Councilor Gillian Frost called on the Hurriyat(M) chairman at his residence at Nigeen and held detailed deliberations with him, a spokesman of the amalgam said.
Mirwaiz expressed concern over the deadlock in Indo-Pak talks saying dialogue was the only way of resolving conflicts during the present times.
However, he alleged New Delhi’s “rigid” stance over parleys has become the main impediment in the way of resumption of dialogue to resolve Kashmir issue.
“Until Kashmir issue is resolved, it is not possible to achieve development, peace, political stability and economic prosperity in the region,” he said.
Mirwaiz also raised his concern with the Canadian Deputy High Commissioner about Hindu fanatics and extremist groups attacking Muslims, Dalits and other minorities across India.
“By arousing communal passions and by creating an atmosphere of polarization in Jammu Kashmir, these fanatics were trying to flare up religious and sectarian hatred,” he said.
The Mirwaiz also brought in the notice of the envoys the recent killing of a Kashmiri youth, Zahid Rasool Bhat by the Hindu rightwing fanatics on the Srinagar-Jammu highway at Udhampur.
Mirwaiz also told the Canadian envoys that Jammu Kashmir has been “turned into a Police State”.
“The draconian black laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) were in place in Kashmir to cow down the Kashmiri people seeking their right to self-determination,” he said.