August 5 Move Won’t Change Kashmir’s Status: Hurriyat

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Srinagar: The Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Monday said that the government of India’s “muscular and brutal” August 5 move will not change the ground reality’ and that the Kashmir issues needs to be resolved in accordance to the wishes and aspirations of the people.

In a statement issued to media here on Monday, a Hurriyat Conference spokesperson said that it has been one year and lockdowns and imprisonments continue while one after another anti -people and anti-majority laws and ordinances were being thrust on the people as reminders of aggression. Even observance of religious occasions, the spokesperson said is barred.

“The muscular move of August 5 2019 regarding J&K by Government of India and its most brutal implementation is a most sordid chapter in the tragic saga of J&K,” the spokesperson said.”

The unilateral decision to change the demographic and physical character of J&K and undermine its disputed nature acknowledged by the world, will not change the reality of the Kashmir issue nor the need to resolve it peacefully,” he added.

The spokesperson said the August 5 decision has only increased the resentment in almost all regions of J&K manifold and people of Kashmir “have and will continue to protest it despite the severest crackdown” being foisted on them.

“We have always advocated for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the will and aspirations of all the people of J&K and stand firm and committed on that,” the spokesperson said.

Terming the people of Kashmir as the main stakeholders, the Hurriyat spokesperson asked India and Pakistan to resume dialogue at the earliest to seek a permanent and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue as per the aspirations of the people, who have been “bearing the brunt of the conflict for the past 73 years and living in hellish conditions.”

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