Mirwaiz gets Pugwash Conference invite from Japan

SRINAGAR: Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has been invited to attend the 61stPugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs to be held in the Ioujima Island of Japan’s Nagasaki city from November 1 to 5.
Mirwaiz has received the formal invite of attending the conference from Pugwash Secretary General, Paolo Cotta Ramusino, a spokesperson of the outfit said.
“This year’s Pugwash conference is being held to commemorate the 70 years of Nagasaki bombing of 1945, which is being attended by the prominent politicians of the world, representatives of noted Human Rights organizations, intellectuals, scientists and subject experts,” he said.
“However, the Government of India has, for the past three years, stopped Mirwaiz from proceeding to any destination abroad,” the spokesperson said. “He could not attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) event or any other international conferences and seminars during the last three years.”
He said this way New Delhi, in utter violation of norms laid down by its own constitution, had been denying Mirwaiz the right to Travel.
Demanding the passport and travel documents of the Hurriyat (m) Chairman, the spokesperson said, the government should not create hurdles in the way of Mirwaiz from attending the Conferences and Seminars on Religious, Political and Human Rights.
“Pugwash, international human rights organizations and other world bodies that care for the betterment of humanity and world peace need to play a positive role to avoid another nuclear war in South Asia due to the pending Kashmir dispute,” the spokesperson quoted Mirwaiz as having said.
“Mirwaiz said the international community needed to understand that the only way to end the nuclear arms race in the region was by resolving Kashmir issue in its historic context and as per the wishes and aspirations of the people of Kashmir.”

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