SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday chaired the meeting of his faction of Hurriyat Conference at Rajbagh headquarters here.
Apart from discussing the ongoing political situation, the participants also finalised the arrangements for observing the Hafta-e-Shahadat programme commencing from May 16, a statement issued here said.
The Hafta-e-Shahadat (martyrs week) is the commemoration of the martyrdom anniversaries of ‘Shaheed-e-Millat’ Mirwaiz Mohammad Farooq, ‘Shaheed-e-Hurriyat’ Abdul Gani Lone, and martyrs of Hawal.
Paying tributes to Mirwaiz Farooq, Abdul Gani Lone, martyrs of Hawal and all the martyrs of the movement, the participants, according to statement, stated that the people of Kashmir continue to offer great sacrifices for the “rightful cause of freedom”. They said the sacrifices made by ‘Shaheed-e-Millat’, ‘Shaheed-e-Hurriyat’ and others are written in golden letters in the history of Kashmir.
Asserting that it was due to the sacrifices of Kashmiri people and their leadership that Kashmir movement was alive, Hurriyat (M) said that unless a solution to the Kashmir issue was achieved based on universal principle of self-determination and in accordance with the aspirations of the people, the stability in India, Pakistan and entire South Asia would elude the region.
They termed it regrettable that the world community despite realising the compelling reality of Kashmir dispute is not actively involved in resolving it.
The meeting denounced the “aggressive military approach adopted by the rulers in New Delhi and their local collaborators in Kashmir particularly in south Kashmir by unleashing terror, torture and tactics of suppression against the unarmed people”.
“The state is engaged in an asymmetric war against the civilian population killing them and causing huge destruction,” the statement said.
The participants reiterated their appeal to international community and international human rights organisations to “come to the aid of the people and play role in alleviating the sufferings of Kashmiris”.
Meanwhile, a spokesperson of the conglomerate strongly condemned the arrest of a student of Islamic University of Science and Technology (IUST) Awantipora along with his father.
“Stopping a bus of the university and noting down details of several students is intimidation and sheer harassment of the student community,” the spokesperson said.