SRINAGAR: The Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) on Friday said that the pro-freedom groups never opposed “sincere, meaningful and result-oriented dialogue” among the “three parties” to the Kashmir dispute. The pro-freedom groups support any dialogue “fulfilling the will and aspirations of the people of Kashmir,” the JRL said.
The JRL appealed to India and Pakistan to diffuse tensions to avoid widespread loss of human life and called upon the nuclear neighbours to “engage with each other for resolution” of conflict issues.
The leaders, however, termed the recent statements about holding a dialogue for the “permanent resolution of Kashmir issue” as “rhetoric” that provides an “excuse to flee from the dialogue table and put the onus on resistance leadership”.
The leadership said that the lingering Kashmir dispute was a human and political issue and not a territorial dispute. In a statement issued here on Friday, the leaders – Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Mohammad Yasin Malik – reiterated that dialogue was the “means of conflict resolution”.
The statement came after the discussion between the leaders in their first meeting this year on Thursday at Geelani’s residence in Hyderpora, after “initial reluctance by the authorities” to allow the meeting.
“JRL represents the sacred sentiments of people demanding right to self-determination and urges the need between two nuclear neighbours to defuse the high danger of widespread destruction of human life and property in the wake of any clash between them,” the statement said.
The leadership regretted that the Indian state saw the issue as a “law and order and administrative problem”, instead of creating a conducive environment for dialogue. The Indian state was “focused on enhancing its military power by providing war-headed helicopters to be used against Kashmiri people raising slogans for the right to self-determination,” the JRL said.
The “military approach”, the leadership said, resulted in “continued killing, maiming, blinding and injuring” of people. “Political activists have been jailed and peaceful political activities are prohibited, every nook and corner of the state has been turned into a garrison and a battlefield.”
As the “custodian of innumerable sacrifices”, the leadership “does not want it to come to naught but seeks a result-oriented and meaningful dialogue that leads to fulfilling the will and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.”