Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday criticised the Government of India for suspending the cross-LoC trade and said that the government instead of improving people to people contacts between the divided families across LoC, is stopping whoever was achieved during Vajpayee’s time.
Addressing a Friday congregation at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, Mirwaiz, who also is the chief cleric, said that such measures are being taken for short term gains and will cost a huge price for the people of Kashmir – according to the statement issued here.
Mirwaiz said that he has time and again reiterated that the Kashmir issue that since past 70 years between India and Pakistan deserves serious political handling but all the successive regimes that ruled India and Pakistan so far have failed to resolve it.
“The people of Kashmir are facing tremendous hardships since past 70 years in hoping that some serious efforts would be made to resolve the issues so that peace prevails in the region,” Mirwaiz said.
He further said: People staying away from the electoral process have peacefully conveyed a clear message to Government of India that people here want a serious political initiative towards the resolution of lingering Kashmir issue and that the people and the leadership will support all initiatives that are aimed at addressing it.
“It’s not that people of Kashmir don’t believe in democratic practices that electoral processes entail or don’t believe in its empowerment but people want to understand to what end do they participate,” he said. “Has it in any way changed anything on ground for them? Has it helped in ending the uncertainty in our lives? Has our true situation ever been conveyed to people in India or any effort made in that direction?”
Mirwaiz said: “On the other hand repressive measures are increased such as highway closure, daily internet bans, and warnings to government employees, crackdown on political and religious organizations or the use of NIA to harass and intimidate Kashmiri’s. Every other day summons are sent to people from different segments of society,” he said.
Hurriyat (M) chairman said these harsh measures will not do away the reality of the problem and the urgent need for its resolution. “GoI has at the end of the day talk to Pakistan and Kashmiri’s and once for all settle the issue.”