GoI has Handed Over Kashmir to Army: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar—Statements coming out of New Delhi sufficiently indicate that the Government of India has handed over Kashmir to army, granting it absolute authority and no accountability, to deal with Kashmiris with the sole objective of keeping it part of India. This was stated by Chairman of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq here on Monday.

In a statement issued to press, Mirwaiz said that, “Indian defence minister’s defense of the infamous Army Major and remarks that in “war-like zones tackling the situation should be left to the military shows who is in control of Kashmir”.

Mirwiaz further said that the “repeated anti-Kashmiri statements by the Indian Army chief, like wishing people of Kashmir had guns instead of stones in their hands so that he could deal with them, tantamount to inciting our youth to pick up arms and get killed, is appalling, to say the least”.

Mirwaiz said the “level of arrogance of power and contempt exhibited towards the people of Kashmir, through such insensitive statements, no longer shocks the people of Kashmir, as we have come to realize that we are no longer considered human beings by the Indian state and that New Delhi was only interested in a military solution to a political and human issue”.

Mirwaiz posed a question to New Delhi asking it “if the dispute could not be resolved through a military solution over the last 70 years, when wars have been fought externally and ‘severe repression unleashed’ internally upon Kashmiris in which lakhs of Kashmiris and thousands of Indians and Pakistanis have perished and continue to do so, as a means of dispute resolution, how can it produce a different result now, when the next generation of Kashmiris, raised under occupation is all the more determined to achieve their fundamental right to exercise their will?”

Strongly condemning the Uri incident in which “two unidentified elderly men were killed by the Indian forces and buried stealthily in the dead of night, while claiming them to be members of Pakistan BAT”, Mirwaiz said it is the sad story of one-upmanship and tit for tat between India and Pakistan that is played out each day in Jammu & Kashmir and along the LOC and in which civilians get caught and suffer.

Mirwaiz said maturity and goodwill demand that all accept the reality of the problem at hand which is essentially political and human in nature, and resolve it politically and in keeping with human values and principles. “No amount of military might can solve the dispute”, he said.

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