Kashmir Issue Precedes Partition, Oldest Issue In UN: Mirwaiz

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SRINAGAR — Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the Kashmir issue was the oldest outstanding issue in the United Nations and precedes the partition of India and Pakistan.

“Since 1931 people of Kashmir and its leadership have been giving immense sacrifices for the cause,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a Friday gathering at historic Jamia Masjid here after two weeks of continuous curbs.

“Since 1947 we have been demanding that the commitments made by India and Pakistan to the people of Kashmir which are vetted by the international community  should be fulfilled.”

 Without naming National Investigation Agency which has summoned him to New Delhi for questioning in an alleged militancy funding case on Monday, Mirwaiz said: “We are not going to bow down and Delhi can’t force us into submission by intimidating us.”

He said that as Mirwaiz of Kashmir,  it is his duty upon him to highlight the reality  and truth  of the Kashmir issue.

“Our struggle is not directed against the people of India or the Indian state but against the repressive means and military approach being followed by the Indian state against the people of Kashmir since 1947.”

The present political establishment in India, he said, is launching crackdowns, making arrests, and issuing summons, slapping PSA and sending political and religious leaders and cadre to jails to “suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir.”

“These things are not new to us and we have been experiencing this assault for decades now.”

Mirwaiz said that the resistance leadership  and he in person has made it clear at international forum including United Nations and OIC that the Kashmir issue needs to be resolved politically.  “But a deliberate attempt is being made to obfuscate facts and our history of struggle through propaganda of the Indian state, particularly through the  media  which has vitiated the atmosphere against Kashmiris creating hostility against us,” he said, adding, “Anybody speaking about the resolution of the Kashmir issue is branded as anti national and thereby  a terrorist.”

Mirwaiz urged upon the people of Kashmir to forge unity “at this crucial hour and asked the youth to stand firm, stay calm and peaceful.” 


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