From pulpit of grand mosque of Kashmir, Mirwaiz says
Asks US to shun indifference & intervene to resolve K-dispute
Naseer A Ganai
Srinagar, July 17: On US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s visit to India, the All Party Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today asked the United States to shun its ‘indifference’ towards Kashmir and pressurize India and Pakistan to resolve the long standing dispute. ‘By using indiscriminate force on peaceful protesters,’ he said
“Kashmir is not a religious issue, it is not an issue of terrorism or extremism, it is a political dispute and the
Released from days of house arrest on July 14, Mirwaiz said Kashmiris have launched a peaceful political movement and the
He reiterated that Kashmir struggle shouldn’t be linked with terrorism or extremism and accused the government of
He said the
The five-point proposal includes repeal of draconian laws, withdrawal of troops, cross LoC trade, putting J&K under control of temporary administration.
He said the government was fearing people of Kashmir and it doesn’t allow any assembly apprehending rightly that people would voice their aspirations and it would resonant in international forums. “Government is suffering from people phobia,” Mirwaiz said. He regretted that after 9/11 there has been indifference towards human rights. “We want US to break its silence on the issue of human rights violation,” he said.
He condemned the government for keeping the leadership in jails, under house arrest and ‘subjecting Kashmiris to constant siege.’ “But how long will you keep us under siege,” he asked the government. He said
The Hurriyat chairman, however, was cautious in response to resumption of dialogue process between
Nearly eight months after the Mumbai attacks, the India-Pakistan dialogue was back on track on Thursday when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh met his Pakistani counterpart Yousuf Raza Gilani at Sharm-el-Sheikh in Egypt.
‘Criminal elements in movement’
Mirwaiz said some elements having criminal bent of mind were creating fear among people in the name of freedom struggle. “They loot shopkeepers, torch vehicles, take away mobiles from people,” he said. He said gondaism in the garb of the movement wouldn’t be tolerated. He said these elements would not be allowed to create scare in the society. He said coming out on roads and raising slogans for right to self-determination was an aspect of the movement and it would continue. “But the criminal elements defaming the struggle have to be isolated. He said Kashmiris were fighting for Azadi and “our fight is based on certain principles. Azadi without principles won’t lead us anywhere.”
Mirwaiz on society and marriages:
Mirwaiz expressed serious concern over, what he said, ‘growing waywardness, corruption, materialism and ostentation’ in Kashmiri society. He said for past 20 years Kashmiri nation suffered a lot. “There is no village, there is no area in
“We receive marriage invitation cards costing Rs 2500. I too received one invitation card for attending a marriage ceremony. It carried several things along, including dry fruits,” Mirwaiz said. He described ostentation and materialism as dangerous tools to bring chaos in the society that is ‘reeling under massive State oppression.’ “Far greater responsibility lies on us to help our brethren who have suffered economic, personal, educational loss in past 20 years. And there are thousands of such families in
He said teenage murders and other crimes should force us to ponder and think over seriously about the issues. He said parents must take responsibility of their children and see which way they were going. “The incidents of Maisuma and Varmul are disturbing and speak volumes about the way society is going,” he said. “Over the years we as a nation have failed to create institutions, instead whatever institutions we had, we made them defunct.” He said institution-building should get a priority and asked the government employees to show seriousness in their work instead of bothering about sixth and seventh pay commission.