Sorry, Didn’t Notice You For 20 Yrs: Mirwaiz To Turmoil-Hit


Srinagar – The chairman of the Hurriyat (M), Mirwaiz Umer Farooq, on Tuesday tendered a public apology to Kashmir’s turmoil victims, saying that the leadership had not been able to pay “full attention” to those who had suffered over the past two decades.

At a seminar at the Hurriyat (M) headquarters on “Martyrs’ Mission And Our Role” where a large number of affected families too was present, the Mirwaiz pleaded “lack of resources” with the “resistance” leadership and said that the government too had posed obstacles in delivering relief to victims.

“We have not been able to pay full attention to the families of martyrs,” he said, expressing regrets.

“Though the Hurriyat tried to set up NGOs on several occasions, but this was not allowed,” he said. “Foreign institutions and Muslim countries too wanted to help the victims, but the government did not permit them.”

Stressing of setting up bail-ul-maals (public funds) at local levels, the Mirwaiz said that these could be used for assistance to the affected families through mosques and neighbourhood auqafs.

“The issue of orphans and widows is a national one,” he said. “Revolutionary steps like bait-ul-maal and relief committees will have to be taken to address this. We cannot neglect our responsibilities,” he said.

Terming Kashmir as a “core issue,” the Mirwaiz said that the recent flare up of gunfire across the LoC reflected that the region could not see peace unless the long-standing question was settled.

“Trade and other such matters should be given only secondary importance, and initiatives to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations of the Kashmiri people expedited,” he said.

The Mirwaiz said that politics in Kashmir was clearly demarcated as pro-independence and pro-India.

“It is surprising that mainstream parties talk of resolving the Kashmir but are not prepared to give up the politics of power,” he said.

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