SRINAGAR: Chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said Kashmir was not an administrative problem related to roads, inaugurating of tunnels, power projects or jobs, or a law and order issue but a dispute directly linked to the political future of the people of Jammu and Kashmir which needs to be resolved as per their will and aspirations.
Addressing the faithful at the historic Jamia Masjid on the occasion of first Friday of the month of Ramadhan, Mirwaiz said Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi who is coming to Jammu and Kashmir on Saturday, reaches out to the people of India in a novel way by saying his ‘Man ki Baat’.
“We the peace loving people of Kashmir want him to also give us this chance to say our ‘Man Ki Baat’ to him peacefully at Lal Chowk Srinagar tomorrow. Our ‘Man Ki Baat’ is just three words – Resolve Kashmir Dispute,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that people of Kashmir want the fulfillment of the promise made by Modi’s predecessors – of not only in Lal Chowk but in the Indian parliament.
Hurriyat (M) chairman said that temporary measure can bear no fruit unless Delhi accepts the ground realities in Kashmir.
Commenting on the Ramadhan ceasefire announced by the Government of India (GoI), Mirwaiz said goodwill gestures or CBMs cannot be meant for a month alone but have to be long term and meaningful. He said if GoI really means business, it must look at real CBMs like demilitarisation and repealing of draconian AFSPA, PSA, and DAA.
“These measures must be followed by the start of a process where in all the three parties to the dispute – India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir come together to hammer out a solution acceptable to all in keeping with the will and aspirations of the key party – the people of J&K,” he said.
Terming May 21, 1990 as blackest day of Kashmir history, Mirwaiz said, “On this day under a deep conspiracy, the people of Kashmir lost their beloved leader Shaheed-e-Milat Moulana Muhammad Farooq who would always raise his voice for justice for Kashmiris and fulfilment of their aspirations from the pulpit of Kashmir’s Central Masjid and everywhere.”
“On the same day, more than 60 innocent people were massacred at Hawal. Just after a few years after this tragedy, Kashmiris also lost another leader Shaheed-e-Hurriyat Abdul Gani Lone,” Mirwaiz said. “While we observe Hafta-e-Shahadat, every Kashmiri must pledge to take forward the mission of martyrs. The people of Kashmir continue to offer huge sacrifices since 1931and in this process; the leadership too has offered the sacrifice of life.”