SRINAGAR: After Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq declined to go to Delhi to answer the NIA’s summons on Tuesday, his senior party colleague on Wednesday asked the Indian government to hold talks to resolve the Kashmir issue.
“Let’s evolve and think about bigger issues rather than nerve-breaking tactics. Remember, the time now is different… Talks are the need of the hour. Mirwaiz sahab was all set to cooperate but what is upsetting is that a hostile environment has been wilfully created to cause harassment,” said Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, senior leader of the Mirwaiz-led Hurriyat faction.
Bhat cited examples from Mirwaiz’s journey into politics, his social work, and the killing of his family members to show the Mirwaiz’s distance from “terror activities”.
“To even accuse Mirwaiz of ‘terror funding’ is ridiculous. It is nothing but political vendetta against the political activities of Mirwaiz. The office the Mirwaiz holds does not believe in violence, let alone ‘terror funding’. The Mirwaiz is himself a victim of violence and no victim would like to accept money for a heinous act,” Bhat said.
“He represents an office which is so sacred that interference in any form or at any level is going to inflict wounds into the collective conscience of people. We are the ones who led the dialogue in 2004-2005 despite tremendous bloodshed and sacrifice. Mirwaiz lost his uncle, his house was bombarded, his Islamic school was burnt, yet he kept talking to Manmohan Singh (the then Indian PM),” Bhat added.