Mirwaiz says he will support any effort by Delhi to engage with Hurriyat

Mirwaiz says he will support any effort by Delhi to engage with Hurriyat

SRINAGAR: At a seminar held to commemorate the martyrdom anniversaries of Maulana Mirwaiz Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone, senior resistance leader Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Sunday said that he was hopeful that the new government in Delhi will engage with the Hurriyat leadership in Kashmir, to which he said he will offer support.
“I am hopeful that once the new dispensation at New Delhi takes charge, it would revisit its Kashmir policy. The Hurriyat is hopeful that whosoever comes to power at New Delhi, they will acknowledge the reality of the Kashmir dispute and engage with the leadership to end the hostility, so that a dignified solution is found to the vexed dispute,” the Mirwaiz said.
He also said that India needed to hold people-to-people talks and carry on trade with Pakistan for the larger good of Jammu and Kashmir. He said this will set the ground for the resolution of the Kashmir issue in which India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri people are stakeholders.
The Mirwiaz was speaking at the seminar, ‘The Importance of Dialogue in the Backdrop of Strained Indo-Pak Relations’, where Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Engineer Hilal War, Masroor Abbas Ansari, Sampat Prakash, Ghulam Hassan Mir, Jaffar Kashmiri, Tariq Ahmed Dar, and Hurriyat (G) representative Owasi sahab addressed the gathering.
The Mirwaiz said that the Indian leadership must accept the need to take confidence-building measures forward. “The present New Delhi dispensation should look at this, and understand that no economic development will reap sustainable results until political steps are taken. We will offer support,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz stressed on the importance of resolving the Kashmir dispute because there was no let-up in force being used by the Indian state against the people. He said policies of repression and intimidation in the form of killings, harassment and CASOs were continuing unabated even in the holy month of Ramadan.
Mirwaiz said that he felt the pain whenever any youth was “martyred” in government forces’ action or in encounters. He said that it was beyond doubt that the gun-wielding local boys were the products of the ongoing oppression and they were getting consumed in the ongoing unresolved conflict.
“Emotions and repressions is driving the educated youth of Kashmir towards armed means of resistance, as every scope for raising voices peacefully stands choked,” he said.
The Mirwaiz hailed the Pakistani leadership for its statesmanship post the Pulwama attack that killed 49 CRPF troops in February this year.