Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman on Thursday welcomed the decision of the DGMOs of India and Pakistan for deciding to honour the 2003 ceasefire and follow it in letter and spirit.
“Such a decision will at least provide a huge sigh of relief to the people on both sides of LoC who otherwise become the first causality of the border hostilities firing between the Indian and Pakistani army,” Mirwaiz said.
He, however, said that the same cannot be said for the people of Kashmir, where the situation continues to be worrisome and grim. “People are the mercy of forces who continue to intimidate and harass them. Vandalizing properties and houses of militants and desecrating their graves by forces is becoming a new way of harassment in south Kashmir villages, which is disconcerting,” he said.
Mirwaiz said forces are now resorting to torching fruit orchards and their owners and the protesting youth are thrashed for raising the objection. He strongly condemned the shameful act of desecrating the graves of slain militants terming it as savage.
“With each passing day, the anger among the people across Kashmir towards the government forces and the ruling dispensation is increasing. On one hand, the government claims that there are positive results to their cessation of hostilities against the people, but on the other hostilities continue in different forms to repress people,” he said.
Mirwaiz who is also the patron of Mutahida Majlis-e-Ulema Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was addressing the Majlis e Waz-o-Tableeg in connection with the Ashra-e-Maghfirat at Masjid-e-Shareef Lahripora, Nowshera and Masjid-e-Shareef Narwara.