#Day46: ‘Referendum The Only Democratic Way To Resolve Kashmir,’ says Mirwaiz

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A pro-freedom demonstration in Sopore on August 22, 2016. (KL Image: Mohammad Abu Bakr)
A pro-freedom demonstration in Sopore on August 22, 2016. (KL Image: Mohammad Abu Bakr)

Reacting to Prime Minister’s statement on dialogue over Kashmir issue Hurriyat Conference (m) Chairperson Mirwaiz Molvi Umar Farooq Monday said if a “lasting and permanent solution ” to the Kashmir problem as per Modi could be found “within the Indian constitution “then it would have happened by now as Kashmir is ruled by that constitution for the last 70 years.

“We would not have been immensely suffering especially for the past three decades,” he said.

In a statement to KNS, Mirwaiz said, “our fifth generation since 1947 would not be on the streets for the past one and half months braving bullets and pellets, being killed blinded and maimed. The civilian population of young and old men and women, rural and from cities would not be patiently and defiantly facing the collective tyranny unleashed on them by the authorities and staying firm.”

Mirwaiz said closing one’s eyes to these “ground realities and parroting the script” will not lead to any breakthrough on the issue.

“What is needed is boldness to address the issue head on, with a view to its final resolution and the most democratic way forward is to hold a referendum on both sides of the ceasefire Line and let the people decide or a meaningful engagement among the three parties to the dispute India, Pakistan and most importantly the people of entire J&K keeping in view their wishes and aspirations,” Mirwaiz said.

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