Mirwaiz to Back Rahul If He Accepts ‘Reality’

SRINAGAR: Expressing hope that the new “young and energetic” leadership in India would develop courage to address Kashmir issue on the principles of justice rather than use of coercion and military might, Chairman of the moderate Hurriyat Conference  Mirwaiz Umer Farooq today assured Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi the support of people, especially youth, provided he accepted the realities on Kashmir and worked towards resolution of the issue. 

“We hope the new generation leadership of India will accept the reality and come forward for the better future of not only the people of Kashmir but the people of India as well …If they move forward with positive thinking and realistic approach, they will find the youth in Kashmir and their leadership with them,” the Mirwaiz told the Friday congregation at Jamia Masjid here. 

Referring to the just concluded two-day visit of Rahul to Jammu and Kashmir, the Hurriyat chairman said he was disappointed that the Gandhi scion did not talk about the realities of Kashmir. 

“Rahul Gandhi came to Kashmir and talked about employment to youth, women’s empowerment and strengthening of Local Bodies, Panchyat Institutions but did not talk a word about the pain of Kashmiris”, Mirwaiz said.

“He did not talk about nine thousand disappeared persons, about six thousand human bodies buried in mass graves or humiliation of very Kashmir women – on the pretext of so called security – of whose empowerment he was talking about,” the Mirwaiz said.

The Hurriyat (M) chairman said that Gandhi is an emerging youth leader of India ‘who has to play a long innings in politics’ and he believes that Gandhi should have accepted historical realities and respected aspirations and sentiments of people of Jammu and Kashmir. Mirwaiz said that unless a resolution to Kashmir issue based on equality and justice is not found the dream of violence free and a prosperous South Asia will remains elusive. 

He said time has come for the leadership of India to change in its attitude and approach vis-à-vis Kashmir. Mirwaiz said that Indian leadership should present Kashmir issue in its right perspective before its people so that a conducive atmosphere for the resolution of Kashmir issue is created.

“Kashmir is an issue which has a historical background. After the happenings of 1947 Jawaharlal Nehru came to Kashmir and pledged that the people of the state shall have the right to decide about their future.  It was the congress Government which took Kashmir to United Nations and accepted a formula for the resolution before the United Nations but never acted upon the same. We see that governments right from 1947 have leashed a campaign of misinformation and disinformation before the people of India regarding the basic reality of Kashmir issue,” he opined.

The Hurriyat (M) chairman said that Indian public opinion has been made to believe that Kashmir issue was a creation of Pakistan and of cross border terrorism.  

Mirwaiz said: “We are not against development, however, the talk of democracy and Panchyati raj suits well only in free societies. In Kashmir people are denied even the basic right to life. Kashmir has virtually been turned into a police state. More than five hundred thousand troops are deployed to suppress and strangulate the voice of Kashmiris and under such circumstances the talk of Panchyati Raj and people’s empowerment does not seem convincing.”

He said that leave alone Panchyats and Municipalities even people in the State Assembly too work to safeguard the interests and on the behest of agencies and Army sources and it has been amply established by the recent revelation of former Army Chief Gen. V. K Singh.

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