Appeals Kashmiri Pandits to ‘return to roots’
SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday expressed grave concern and distress over the bloodshed taking place on the Line of Control (LoC).
Addressing the Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid, Srinagar, Mirwaiz said, “Each day civilians including children on both sides of LoC are getting killed and becoming the target of the unresolved Kashmir conflict, which is very sad and painful.”
“Soldiers also become cannon fodder of this hate as a consequence of the lingering Kashmir dispute,” Mirwaiz said. “These soldiers on either side belong to the poor segment of the society and join forces to make a living and support their poor families. Their killing is equally sad.”
“It is strange that both sides boast of killing soldiers of the other side and swear that deaths will be avenged leading to more killings and destruction including those of civilians,” he added.
The Hurriyat chairman said “this senselessness and bloodshed is given the name of nationalism and defence of national honour”. He appealed to both India and Pakistan that “let better sense prevail and stop these senseless killings. The only beneficiaries of this death and destruction are those who provide the arms and ammunition for this mayhem”.
Mirwaiz urged the two nuclear neighbours to give up confrontation and come to the table to resolve the Kashmir dispute once for all and put a permanent end to this “madness” and suffering that has consumed so many lives and is a the source of the suffering of Kashmiris for the last 70 years.
On the 29th anniversary of Pandit communities’ migration from Kashmir, Mirwaiz once again appealed to them to “return to their roots, their homeland Kashmir”.
“The people of Kashmir will welcome them with warmth and open arms. Their migration is a human issue and it makes all Kashmiris sad that they are away from their motherland and yearn to come back,” Mirwaiz said. “Kashmiri Pandits are part of our joint ethos and culture and our common past and will always remain so.”
“Kashmir belongs to them as much as it does to Muslims and we want to share our future together. Our demand for the right to self-determination is for each inhabitant of J&K and they have an equal right to have their say in its future dispensation.”
Terming the rape and murder of a minor girl in Kathua, Jammu as barbaric and shameful act, Mirwaiz condemned the callousness of those in charge for not acting promptly in tracing the missing child for a week.
Meanwhile, on the call of joint resistance leadership (JRL), a peaceful protest was held outside Jamia Masjid, Srinagar during which leaders and activists condemned and protested against the “state terrorism” and tactics adopted by NIA and ED.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the amalgam said that senior Hurriyat leaders including Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Muhammad Musadiq Adil and others were on Friday stopped by authorities from addressing a gathering at Kupwara.
“Police arrested Prof Bhat and lodged him in Kupwara police station while as Bilal Gani Lone and Musadiq Adil were not allowed to move forward from Narbal,” the spokesperson said and strongly condemned the act.