Hurriyat (m) Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that staying away from the electoral process is a peacefully conveyed clear message to Government of India that people here want a serious political initiative towards the resolution of lingering Kashmir issue.
He said that people and the leadership will support all initiatives that are aimed at addressing it.
Addressing the congregational Friday prayers at the historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said that he has time and again reiterated that the Kashmir issue deserves serious political handling but all the successive regimes that ruled India and Pakistan 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 that 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.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz announced that on the eve of Shab-e-Baraat (night of reverence), Isha prayers will be offered at the grand masjid at 9:30 pm on Saturday and soon after the prayers he will address the gathering and shed light on the importance of the night and also lead touba-e-istigfaar prayers.