Kashmiris Believe In Democratic Process But Want Political Resolution First: Mirwaiz  

SRINAGAR — Hurriyat Conference(M)  chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said that by staying away from the electoral process Kashmiris had once again “peacefully conveyed a clear message to Government of India” that they want a serious political initiative towards the resolution of lingering Kashmir issue.” 

Addressing the congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said that “the people and the leadership will support all initiatives  that are aimed at addressing the Kashmir dispute.”

“It’s not that people of Kashmir don’t believe in democratic practices that electoral processes entail or don’t believe in its empowerment but people want to understand to what end do they participate? Has it in any way changed anything on ground for them. Has it helped in ending the uncertainty in our lives? Has our true situation ever been conveyed to people in India or any effort made in that direction?” he asked.

Mirwaiz said that he has time and again reiterated that the Kashmir issue that since past 70 years between India and Pakistan deserves serious political handling but all the successive regimes in the two countries “so far have failed to resolve it.”

Mirwaiz said that the people of Kashmir are facing tremendous hardships since past 70 years in general and 30 years, in particular, hoping that some serious efforts would be made to resolve the issues so that peace prevails in the region.

Expressing concern over the suspension of cross LoC trade he said it’s extremely unfortunate that instead of enhancing people to people contact as families of both sides of LOC stand divided and improving trade and other ties, even whatever little had been achieved since Vajpayee time is being blocked and stopped. Such measures for short term gains come at a huge price that people of the subcontinent pay for long term peace and progress.

Mirwaiz said  “harsh measures” by New Delhi will not “do away the reality of the problem and the urgent need for its resolution.  GOI has at the end of the day talk to Pakistan and Kashmiri’s and once for all settle the issue.”


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