Srinagar: Asking Narendra Modi, against whose visit it had called for a strike in Kashmir, to “act like a statesman”, Hurriyat Conference (G) said on Sunday that developmental projects like Chenani-Nashri tunnel are no substitute for the aspirations of Kashmiri youth.
“Taking into consideration the yearning for freedom and our struggle since last 70 years, all these exercises will prove futile to change the course we have been pursuing since long,” a Hurriyat (G) statesman said in a statement.
The statement further said that construction of roads and inauguration of tunnels do not address the hard realities on the ground.
“Improving connectivity through roads and tunnels is a good idea but such projects do not serve any purpose to political and human issues. Kashmir issue is a serious and sensitive political issue. As such extraordinary courage is needed to resolve Kashmir issue,” the statement said.
It said today’s shutdown in Kashmir should serve as an “eye-opener for Modi” as Kashmir issue can’t be solved through the cosmetic approach.
Suggesting Modi to “take brave steps and act as a statesman”, Hurriyat (G) said such a gesture will pave way for overall development in India and will bring peace in the subcontinent.
Referring to the present young generation and their aspiration, Hurriyat (G) said that people and youth are serious about right to self-determination.
“Modi has two options, either to follow his predecessors with folded eyes or be a statesman and make history by taking bold steps,” the statement said.
“There is nothing extra ordinary in opening of roads. Anybody can throw open these tracks and tunnels. However realizing the political realities and using wisdom for resolution need extraordinary willpower and determination.”