Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday expressed concern over the escalation of violence along the LoC and asked India and Pakistan to demonstrate the “maturity” to resolve the Kashmir issue peacefully.
In a statement issued here, Mirwaiz said that the “root cause” of tension, violence and bitterness between the two nuclear neighbours is the Kashmir issue.
“Until both the countries show a will to resolve the issue, innocent lives will continue to be lost and Kashmiris continue to suffer,” the Mirwaiz said.
The Mirwaiz asked the leadership of both countries to “desist from military adventurism, the consequences of which are directly borne by the people of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides and by poor soldiers”.
The Mirwaiz said New Delhi has to shun its “military approach” in dealing with the people of Kashmir.
He alleged it was a “war-like” situation along the LoC and in Kashmir.
“In the present day world, wars do not resolve issues, nor does repression. It is high time that the three stakeholders to the dispute- India, Pakistan and most importantly the people of Kashmir – get together and deliberate and resolve the dispute keeping the will and aspirations of the people of Kashmir in view, once and for all”.