SRINAGAR: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) and head of Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Tuesday said violence and loss of precious lives in the region cannot be a matter to rejoice for any person with a slightest sense of humanity.
He said the un-settled Kashmir issue is the main cause of strained relationship between India and Pakistan and unless a just and reasonable solution to this vexed issue is found there may be no letup in the current turbulent situation.
As per a statement, Mirwaiz was addressing a public gathering after delivering a sermon at the shrine of Dastegeer Sahib, Saraibala, Srinagar.
Mirwaiz stressed upon the Government of India to shun its policy of “delay and obduracy” towards the resolution of Kashmir issue and come up with positive initiatives to address the dispute.
“The tactics of use of force, suppression, and killing people is not going to bring any change on the ground in Kashmir because the resistance movement of Kashmir has strong historical, political, and ethical foundation and from 1947 the movement is now transferred to the fourth generation of Kashmiris which in reaction to the oppressive policies of the Govt of India has taken to streets that has given rise to a dangerous situation,” he said.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said due to Kashmir issue, the blood is splitting and precious lives are being lost in the entire region which is extremely sorrowful. “However, the situation can be altered if a solution to Kashmir issue in accordance with the wishes of the people of Kashmir is found,” he said.
Referring to pro-India political parties of Jammu & Kashmir, Mirwaiz said these parties should realise that the talk of peace and development would remain meaningless unless there is not a favourable atmosphere for the same. “The peace cannot be created in vacuum. These people should think above the narrow vested interest of power and play their role in an honourable solution of Kashmir issue because without that the dream of peace and prosperity in the region is going to remain elusive,” he said.
Earlier in his sermon, Mirwaiz shed light on the blessings of Ramadhan and said this month brings innumerable spiritual and medical benefits for the believers. “This month teaches of God-fearing, good deeds and help to others while refraining from evil deeds. Fasting for the sake of Allah teaches us to follow the commands of Allah in all our doings and dealings and thus trains us to become Muslims in the true sense,” he said.
He said the issues being faced by Muslim Ummah cannot go by mere lip-service but “everybody of us has to get practically involved in individual character building because an exemplary character of a true Muslim alone can bring about healthy changes at the collective level and attract others towards Islam”.
At the conclusion of the programme, a procession led by Mirwaiz was taken out from shrine to the Hari Singh High Street (HSHS) chowk in which a large number of people participated amid pro freedom and pro Islam slogans, the statement said.