Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing the Friday congregation at the Historic Jama Masjid expressed grave concern and distress at the bloodshed taking place on the LOC.
Mirwaiz said each day civilians including children on both sides of LOC are getting killed becoming the target of the unresolved Kashmir conflict, which is very sad and painful.
Soldiers also become cannon fodder of this hate as a consequence of the lingering Kashmir dispute. These soldiers on either side belong to the poor segment of society and join forces to make a living and support their poor families and their killing is equally sad.
It is strange that both sides boast of killing soldiers of the other side and swear that deaths will be avenged leading to more killings and destruction, including those of civilians.
This senselessness and bloodshed is given the name of nationalism and defence of national honour. Mirwaiz appealed to both the countries that let better sense prevail and these senseless killings be stopped . He said that the only beneficiaries of this death and destruction are those who provide the arms and ammunition for this mayhem.
Mirwaiz urged the two nuclear neighbors to give up confrontation and come to the table to resolve the Kashmir dispute once for all and put a permanent end to this madness and suffering that has consumed so many lives and is a the source of the suffering of Kashmiris for past 70 years.
On the 29th anniversary of Kashmiri Pandith communities migration from Kashmir Mirwaiz once again appealed to them to return to their roots, their homeland Kashmir. Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir will welcome them with warmth and open arms. Mirwaiz said their migration is a human issue and it makes all Kashmiris sad that they are away from their motherland and yearn to come back. Mirwaiz said Kashmiri Pandith are a part of our joint ethos and culture and our common past and will always remain so. He said Kashmir belongs to them as much as it does to Muslims and we want to share our future together. He said our demand for the right of self- determination is for each inhabitant of J&K and they have an equal right to have their say in its future dispensation.
Mirwaiz while terming the rape and murder of a minor bakerwal girl child in Kathua as barbaric and shameful act said, the callousness of those in charge not acting promptly in tracing the missing child for a week is condemnable.
Meanwhile on the call of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) a peaceful protest was held outside Jama Masjid Srinagar during which JRL leaders and activists condemned and protested against the state terrorism and tactics adopted by NIA and ED. The protestors denied the allegations against Hurriyat leadership filed in NIA charge sheet.
Meanwhile senior APHC leaders Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Muhammad Musadiq Adil and others were today stopped by the authorities to address a gathering under the public contact campaign at Kupwara. The police arrested Prof Bhat and lodged him in Kupwara police station while as Bilal Gani Lone and Musadiq Adil were not allowed to move forward from Narabal. The spokesman has strongly condemned this act of authorities and termed it dictatorial.