Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed a panel discussion titled “Kashmir -breaking the impasse” which was part of the two day India Conference held at the Harvard Kennedy School for Business and Government. The conference, addressed by Mirwaiz through a recorded video, was attended by a distinguished audience and large number of students. Mirwaiz could not personally attend the conference because his passport stands impounded.
According to a statement Mirwaiz presented the Kashmir conflict in its historical and current context and communicated the tremendous pain and suffering that the people of Kashmir are going through at the hands of a hostile and authoritarian state which refuses to acknowledge and resolve the dispute as per its commitments made to them before the world and their political aspirations. Instead it resorts to most brutal and inhuman repression to crush the people’s political aspirations.
The consequence of which is that the whole region is living in uncertainty and under the threat of imminent war and soldiers and common people of both India and Pakistan are also paying a price.
Mirwaiz said that the most simple and democratic way to resolve the conflict is through the promised referendum. He said engagement and dialogue among the parties to the dispute, India Pakistan and people of J&K, could provide the alternative way of resolution provided there is sincerity to find a solution.
Mirwaiz address was the longest and very well received by the audience present. Earlier, former chief minister Omar Abdullah also addressed the conference.