SRINAGAR: The JRL leaders Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday met the former Prime Minister of Norway Kjell Mangne Bondevik at Hyderpora and briefed him about the “very sensitive and fragile” situation prevailing in Kashmir.
A statement issued by the joint resistance leadership (JRL) said Muhammad Yasin Malik, who is under detention, could not attend the meeting.
Geelani and Mirwaiz told Bondevik that the Government of India (GoI) has kept Kashmir issue lingering over the past seven decades. This has resulted in enormous miseries for the people through killings and human rights violations, they said.
Lakhs of forces present in Kashmir enjoying full impunity under black laws have let loose hell on the people of J&K, they informed Bondevik.
Geelani and Mirwaiz told Bondevik that every Kashmiri yearns for a peaceful and dignified solution of the issue so that they see the end to “worst ever repression” they are facing at present.
That solution lies in either in implementing the UN resolutions or through tripartite dialogue between India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir, the leaders said.
They urged the former Norwegian PM that since his country has a history in playing a positive role in conflict resolutions, the Norwegian government should make serious efforts to resolve the vexed dispute to mitigate the sufferings of people of Kashmir and to ensure the lasting peace in South Asia.
Kjell Mangne Bondevik-led delegation ensured that they would use their good offices to ensure a sustained and result oriented dialogue between India and Pakistan so that an amicable solution to Kashmir issue is found, the statement said.
Meanwhile, the JRL has asked people to observe a complete protest shutdown in Kralpora, Meelyal, Reddi Chowkibal, Handwara, Rohama, Baramulla, Ganderbal, Soibugh, Sarsyar, Keller, D H Pora, D K Marg, and Manzgam areas which are going to polls in the third phase of “sham” panchayat elections.
The leadership asked people to demonstrate their total rejection and disregard of this “futile” exercise by boycotting it completely.