Reopen All Kashmir Routes: Mirwaiz

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday has demanded the opening of ancient routes connecting Jammu and Kashmir with Pakistan contolled ‘Azad’ Kashmir.

Stressing upon India and Pakistan to open the natural routes connecting the divided Kashmir, Mirwaiz said apart from Srinagar-Muzaffarabad road, a number of routes like Sialkot-Poonch route besides other entry points exist between two Kashmiris and they should be made motorable to give economic boost to the Kashmiris living across the man-made divided line.

Addressing Friday congregation at Jamia Mosque here, Mirwaiz said it has been the long pending demand of Kashmir leadership that in connection with the solution of Kashmir issue, the connecting routes between two Kashmir’s should be opened as a part of confidence building measures. He called upon India and Pakistan to open the routes for the broader economic welfare of people living across the divided line.

APHC Chairman said people have to face immense problems in winters since Jammu-Srinagar highway often remains closed due to heavy snowfall. Hence, he said other routes going through Azad Kashmir can act as alternative life lines for the people of Kashmir.

Referring to the recent snowfall, Mirwaiz said the state administration has miserably failed to deliver despite tall claims that it has done enough to meet an eventuality arising due to the snow. He said few inches of snow have left entire Kashmir in dark, roads are blocked, and entire administration is in chaos.

APHC Chairman also said that responsibility falls upon people that they should desist from black marketing, profiteering, and illegal storage of essential of commodities in a bid to sell them on higher prices.

Terming January 5 as significance in the history of Kashmir, Mirwaiz said on this day in 1949, UN adopted first resolution on Kashmir granting it right to self determination. He called upon the international community to fulfill its pledges made with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

In order to divert the attention of local international bodies towards the pending resolutions of Kashmir, APHC would organize a seminar, “Kashmir issue and UN insensitivity” on January 5, 2014, Sunday at Hurriyat headquarters Rajbagh.

Highlighting the significance of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir issue, the APHC statement said the resolutions provide legal basis to the Kashmir dispute and hence their importance can’t be overlooked. 

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