Terming Kashmir a political issue that needs a political solution as per the aspirations of Kashmiris, Hurriyat (m) Chairperson, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said New Delhi cannot woo people to give up their fight for Self-Determination by extending doles and announcing economic packages.

In a statement issued to KNS, Mirwaiz while addressing a people at Kangan’s Central Chowk after offering Friday congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid Kangan, said, “Indian leadership needed to understand that only a political resolution and not only economic packages could resolve the vexed Kashmir issue.”

Asking New Delhi to give up using military might, he said, “Government of India (GoI) needed to understand that the struggle for the Right to Self-Determination of Kashmiris was a just one and its age-old tactics of pressurizing people of Kashmir by aggression and suppression would bear no fruit for it.”

“People of all the regions on both sides of the divide including Gilgit Baltistan, Azad Kashmir, and Jammu Kashmir should be allowed to decide their fate and choose their destiny,” he demanded.”Jammu Kashmir is a united entity and the fanatics and extremist elements in order to spread their divisive and Hindutva agenda were trying to flare up passions in Jammu and Ladakh regions.”

He said, “this was being done to harm the Muslim-majority character of Jammu Kashmir which the resistance leadership would not allow at any cost.”

The Hurriyat (m) Chairman said besides the people of Kashmir valley, the people of Jammu, Poonch, Rajouri, and Chenab Valley had all offered sacrifices for the resolution of Kashmir dispute and the “people of Kashmir and Hurriyat was duty bound constitutionally as well as morally to ensure that these sacrifices do not go waste”.

“For past 68 years, people of Kashmir were at the receiving end of the gravest of human rights violations at the hands of Indian forces and offered sacrifices from time to time,” he said.

“The recent sacrifices of the Kashmiri youth in south Kashmir’s Shopian, Pulwama and Kulgam areas were the real treasures of the Kashmir’s resistance movement and Hurriyat would not let these sacrifices go waste and fight until Kashmiris get their right to self-determination,” he added.

“More than half a million troops were placed in Kashmir who had been given protection under the black laws to unleash terror and get away with it in order to cow Kashmiris down but added that they would continue to carry forward the resistance movement until they achieve their right to self-determination,” he further said.

“Kashmiris were determined to carry forward their struggle until it reaches its logical conclusion and the note taken by the OIC and different international organizations regarding the resolution of Kashmir issue was a proof that their struggle and sacrifices are being realised,” he concluded.


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