SRINAGAR: A seminar titled ‘Kashmir issue and the role of youth’ organised by Jammu Kashmir Youth Forum (JKYF), “an independent organisation working for the welfare of society especially for youth”, was held on Sunday here.
The seminar was attended by youths, students and activists from universities, colleges and schools.
Rafiq Ahmad Shah from Tehreek-e-Hurriyat, who was the chief guest on the occasion, spoke about student revolutions and reforms. “Youth should not change their ideologies and faith on leaders as they are vulnerable by new influences and thoughts,” he said.
JKYF acting chairman Umar Rafiq said until Kashmir dispute remains, problems and persecution will remain there.
He said if youth are not part of the solution than they are part of the problem. “There is only option for youth that is to work for the Kashmir resolution and youth have a crucial part to play.”
Student Activist Irshad Ahmad from Islamic University talked about different ideologies prevailing in Kashmir. “Differences among us on different fronts make us weak and enemy is happy with our differences and the divided house. The need is to be united in this very crucial juncture of resistance struggle. Let we be united first. Despite all the indifferences we need to first end occupation and work for resolution.”
Another college student from south Kashmir’s Kulgam district said the role of youth is pivotal in bringing the change. “Youth are not only leaders of tomorrow but also the partners of today. Jammu Kashmir is facing lot of problems. I believe youth have a potential to solve them and bring a change.”
Other speakers spoke about situation and prevailing circumstances due to heavy deployment of armed forces in Kashmir especially in the civilian areas. They said everybody is feeling caged and unsafe due to occupation.
They said the victimisation of Kashmiri youth should be stopped and the Kashmir issue should be resolved earliest before it is too late.
Other speakers included Sheikh Mujeeb, spokesperson JKYF, Faisal Ahmad, student of Amar Singh College Srinagar, and Adil Ahmad from Kashmir University.