Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that peace and progress can be given a “real chance” in the region only “by respecting the wishes of the people of J&K.”
Addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid Srinagar Mirwaiz questioned how peace and progress could be achieved in an environment of subjugation and repression.
“To talk of peace and progress is good as they are great objectives and basic right of humans world over and who would cherish them more than us, to whom they are most elusive, but in an environment of subjugation and repression can these objective be realized in their real sense?
What kind of peace and progress can be achieved when people feel captive?” Mirwaiz said adding that people’s aspirations were “met with ruthless force,” and space for expression of aspirations was being denied.
“The state justifies its highhandedness and brutality in the name of maintaining law and order.” He said.
He added said that peace and progress can be given a real chance “by respecting the wishes of the people of J&K, and conserving our resources for the progress of the people of the region especially the downtrodden who are in huge numbers rather than on upgrading our military arsenals.” Stating that loss of live on every side was sad Mirwaiz said “it is time we show maturity and address the basic dispute to the relief of all.”
Condemning the Bombay high court judgment in which three accused were granted bail in the murder of 24-year-old IT-graduate Mohsin Sheikh on the ground that the “victim belonged to the different religion which provoked the killers”, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that it was regrettable that Muslims in India were “so openly and brazenly discriminated”.
“While Kashmiris are at the receiving end of justice system in all manner and are punished to satisfy the ‘collective conscience of the nation’ “or on fabricated charges of sedition, but Indian Muslims owe allegiance to their country and under its constitution are to be considered equal citizens yet they are so openly and brazenly discriminated against on the basis on religion while the majority community enjoys impunity under the legal system is extremely regrettable,” Mirwaiz said.
Paying tributes to the victims of Kupwara massacre on their 23rd anniversary, Mirwaiz said, “This day is another tragic reminder of the great sacrifices our people have rendered for demanding their basic political right when 23 years back, Indian forces rained bullets on unarmed people killing 25 civilians at Kupwara and injuring many and no one among them was either prosecuted or punished.”
Mirwaiz said that since then “the civilian population of Kashmir was bearing the brunt of brutal oppression and subjugation, repeatedly witnessing such massacres and mass murders at the hands of Indian forces for demanding their basic right of making a political choice to determine their future.”
He also expressed grief at the loss of precious lives including that of some Indian soldiers killed during the avalanches in Gurez and other parts of the valley.