Cautioning New Delhi to shun its hard approach towards Kashmir and its people, Chairman Hurriyat (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that killings will not yield any results except rejuvenating the sentiment of freedom among the people here.
“Those sitting in New Delhi who think that Kashmir problem will be resolved by killing all the militants tend to forget that the new age militancy is a reaction of repression. Each day young educated boys are being killed and there is a belief in some sitting in New Delhi that once all of them are killed the problem will be over. But those that think this forget that these boys took to arms as a reaction to repression and for the resolution of the dispute,” he said while addressing the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
Pertinently, it was after almost two months that Mirwaiz was allowed to lead the Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid. Mirwaiz was put under house detention for 57-days.
“As long as there is repression and force as a state response, while you may kill one-ten more will stand up. So killing them will not kill the sentiment as is evident in their funeral processions,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said that for the past 70 years people of Kashmir are born, raised, live and die with the fact that Kashmir is a disputed territory waiting for a final resolution.
He said its foundation lies in the United Nations’ ratification through passing of resolutions to this effect and the commitment made by no less than the Prime Minister of India. Pt. Jawahar Nehru.
“People of Jammu Kashmir are awaiting for that final resolution so that the sufferings, death and destruction the people are facing is put to en end,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that the present government in New Delhi is making all out efforts and using media as a tool to spread hatred for Kashmiris among the people of the subcontinent.
He said that resolution of the issue can always be reached provided there is a willingness to accept the facts and compassion, humanity and mutual respect among the parties involved while addressing the problem and a keenness to work towards real peace by all.
“Aggression and repression can never resolve anything but only aggravate it,” he said.
Mirwaiz said the agitation and protests by students in colleges and Universities across the Valley that forces the state to frequently shut them down, again indicates how the youth of Kashmir sees the situation and how they react to it.
“Similarly, persecution of leadership through so called investigations and spreading lies and creating a huge propaganda through print, electronic and even social media against them, involving their families, friends and acquaintances, and harassing them in order to defame and intimidate leadership and demoralize people will also prove futile as people of Kashmir know such ploys and do not buy them anymore. It will only worsen and complicate matters further,” he said.
“I once again appeal to all people in India to see Kashmir not as a piece of real estate nor as a territorial dispute between two hostile neighbors, but as a human issue concerning hundreds of thousands of people and divided families hanging fire since the last 70 years, leading to great sufferings and loss of life on all sides,” he added.