SRINAGAR: Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said the prime minister of India Narendra Modi should positively respond to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan’s repeated offer of engagement in order to build trust and give peace a real chance.
People of Kashmir need it (peace) the most as they have been bearing the biggest brunt of the lingering Kashmir dispute, said Mirwaiz, who is the chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference, while addressing the Friday congregation at historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar.
Mirwaiz said that military approach to issues can never succeed but a human approach – as witnessed in the opening of Kartarpur corridor – is the best way forward.
“I appeal to Government of India to stop killing Kashmiri youth and blinding them by pellets and show maturity of a large democracy they claim to be, by engaging with Pakistan and resolving this longstanding dispute in a peaceful manner,” Mirwaiz said.
The pro-freedom leader said the statement on Kashmir by ex-Norwegian PM Kjell Magne Bondevik, who recently visited the valley, reflects the true reality of Kashmir situation and completely echoes what the resistance leadership has been saying all these years.
He said, “The four key things have been mentioned by him (Bondevik) in his statement: first that Kashmir is an international dispute with UN resolutions and reports on it; second, India and Pakistan need to come to table as situation in Kashmir is escalating; three, that being the most affected party, people of Kashmir need to be onboard the parleys and, four, there can be no military solution to this dispute. This is exactly our take on the issue and what we have been saying all along. Government of India (GoI) should accept these facts reiterated by an impartial person who visited the valley.”
Meanwhile, expressing deep anguish and sorrow over the killing spree of armed youth by forces, Mirwaiz said under CASO, each day young boys are shot dead and it is lauded as a great success.
Civilians are also targeted in these operations with impunity and their killing conveniently justified as collateral damage while babies as young as Hiba are also not spared and fired upon with pellets.
Mirwaiz urged the international community to “help stop daily killings and grave human rights violations here”.
After Friday prayers, the activists of the conglomerate and AAC held a protest demonstration against killing of armed youth and civilians.