Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference-led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said that the recent surge in killings of Kashmiris is a grim reminder of the need to resolve the Kashmir issue and prevent the region from getting consumed by it.
“The fast changing geopolitical reality of the region also points to the need for urgent conflict resolution. Silencing of guns on the LoC by India and Pakistan provided the much needed relief to the residents of LoC living constantly under its shadow. It also pointed to a thaw in India Pakistan relations, always a welcome development for the people of J&K who see it as a harbinger of engagement and dialogue between the two neighbours and the way forward for resolution of the Kashmir issue.
“But sadly not much has moved forward since or improved for the people of J&K instead the oppressive situation on the ground continues unabated,” it said a in statement.
According to the amalgam, political leadership and hundreds of political prisoners and youth are languishing in jails or under house detention and the health condition of many among them is a constant source of worry. “Yasin Malik, a heart patient needs immediate replacement of the 25-year-old heart valve, as per his family sources while Shabir Shah’s health has deteriorated in jail as he is suffering from various ailments,” it added.
It said that implementation of laws aimed at demographic change after the August 5 events has caused fear about loss of identity among the people.
“There is also great anguish at the loss of employment guarantees, land rights and exploitation of natural resources by outsiders. As a consequence there is tremendous rise in psychological ailments among people and an alarming rise in incidence of suicides,” the Hurriyat said while seeking revocation of laws “that disempower the people of J&K”