Past Delegations Backtracked From Commitments, says Mirwaiz

Srinagar: Chairman of moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday said discussion on Kashmir in Rajya Sabha and Prime Minister Modi’s statement meant nothing for Kashmir as according to him Indian leaders were “beating around the bush” instead of addressing the real issue head on.
“By talking about issues of livelihood, development, jobs and economic packages which have no bearing on the actual problem the Indian PM has once again chosen to display the ostrich like attitude and has his eyes closed to the reality in Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said here today
Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest for the past 34 days at his Nigeen residence, was talking to reporters moments before he was detained by police when he, as part of the unified resistance leadership’s programme, came out his residence to head toward Martyrs Graveyard at Edgah.
Edgah call was given to pay homage to late Hurriyat leader Sheikh Abdul Aziz who was killed by army this day 8 years back.
Making it amply clear that Kashmir was “neither an internal issue of India nor a law and order problem”, Mirwaiz said, “Kashmir as it existed on 14th august 1947 is a dispute and Pakistan was one of the principle parties to the dispute, India being the other.”
“It could be resolved either by implementing the United Nations resolutions on Kashmir or through meaningful dialogue involving New Delhi, Islamabad and Kashmir’s real leadership,” he added.
Replying to a question on the possibility of Indian Parliamentary delegations visiting Srinagar, Mirwaiz said that during the 2010 uprising too, an All Party delegation of the Indian parliament visited Kashmir, showed anguish at the killings of people, made tall promises, formed several committees and then once “some normalcy was restored by barrel of gun, conveniently backtracked from all commitments”.
Earlier, senior APHC-m leader Moulana Masroor Abbas Ansari was also detained when he was leading a peaceful procession from Khanqah-e-Sokhta Nawa Kadal as part of the ‘Eidgah Chalo’ programme.  A large contingent of Police and government forces shelled tear smoke canisters, forcing the procession to disperse, a Hurriyat Conference (m) statement said.

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