Hammond’s Kashmir remarks

Hammond’s Kashmir remarks

SRINAGAR: Terming the statement of British foreign secretary, Philips Hammonds, that ‘India and Pakistan should move beyond the Kashmir issue’ as “regrettable”, Hurriyat Conference (M) on Thursday said it reflects “insensitivity and apathy” towards the people of Kashmir and Kashmir issue.
According to a statement issued here, the conglomerate held an executive council meeting at Rajbagh office which was presided over by its chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and attended by Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Muhammad Musadiq Adil, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza.
During the meeting, the leaders while criticising the British foreign secretary’s remarks said Kashmir issue is “to a great extent, the result of the British Raj legacy”.  “While Britain rightly endorsed the Scottish people’s right of self-determination, and held the referendum in 2014, why doesn’t it ask India and Pakistan to follow the suit in Kashmir?”
Terming Kashmir issue as the main cause of Indo-Pak tensions and instability in South Asia, the leaders said Hammond’s statement “unfortunately reflects a typical mindset that “all are equal but some are more equal than others”.
“Let us reiterate that the people of Kashmir are by no means second class world citizens but are a very bold, courageous, politically and intellectually highly conscious people who have taken on the might of a big country like India, to achieve their basic and just political rights. No one can take them for granted,” they said.
The amalgam also said Indo-Pak relation won’t improve till Kashmir issue is not resolved.
Meanwhile, a Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a statement issued here, paid tribute to two youth who were killed in a gunfight with government forces at Padgampora, Pulwama. He also condemned the use of “excessive” force upon people.