Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today hinted that there was a need to delink Kashmir issue from the local elections that are held in J&K.
He said the elections are being held for Sadak, Bijli and Pani, so there is no need to show concern on it. Till we achieve freedom, people need local governance. The elections cant be any substitute to referendum under the observation of United Nations, he said.
In his presidential speech, Mirwaiz said the unity among the people, in the past, had foiled the designs of the oppressors to crush our legitimate movement and expressed hope that people would also fight such attempts in unison in future as well.
He said if anyone takes one step towards us, we would take 10 steps forward, but warned that politics of force and pressure is not going to be acceptable.
Terming the unity among the resistance leadership as the need of the hour, he said that the ongoing resistance movement must be taken ahead by developing a consensus on the strategy of carrying forward the movement.
He said people in power in Srinagar and New Delhi were using all possible tactics and propaganda to break the resolve of Kashmiris.
The Mirwaiz said in the name of Pandit colonies and Sainik colonies, these people were trying to damage the disputed character of Jammu and Kashmir and weaken us economically and politically by executing these plans.
He said that under a well designed conspiracy some agencies were promoting a particular thought to divide people on sectarian lines and damage the centuries old mutual brother hood, harmony and approach of co-existence among various communities in Kashmir.
Appealing the people to make the May 21 public rally at Martyrs Graveyard Eidgah a success, the Mirwaiz said there would be complete shutdown in entire Kashmir on this day and the people of Kashmir will take a pledge at Martyrs Graveyard to take the mission of the martyrs to its logical conclusion.
Earlier, in his address, JKLF chief whose presence at the seminar surprised everyone said the problems and challenges that Kashmiri nation was facing at this juncture while struggling for their legitimate rights and the way government was using all tactics of oppression and suppression to get the people of Kashmir on their knees could only be countered by displaying complete unity among ourselves and steadfastness towards the cause.
Hurriyat leaders Bilal Gani Lone, Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari, Mukthar Ahamd Waza, Kashmir High Court Bar Association former president, Advocate Nazir Ahmad Ronga, Engineer Hilal Ahmad War, Mir Ghulam Hassan and Abdul Rashid Antoo expressed their views in the seminar.
Other Hurriyat leaders present on the occasion included Muhammad Musadiq Adil, Advocate Abdul Majid Banday, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, Abdul Mannan Bukhari, G N Zaki, Mushtaq Ahmad Sofi, Fatima Sahiba and others while M S Rehman Shams moderated the programme.
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