Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) on Friday expressed surprise over Rahul Gandhi’s speeches not mentioning about sufferings in Kashmir during his two day visit to the state.
Addressing the people before Friday’s congregational prayers at Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said that the Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi came to Kashmir and talked about employment to youth, women’s empowerment and strengthening of Local Bodies, Panchyat Institutions but did not talk a word about the pain of Kashmiris.
“He did not talk about nine thousand disappeared persons, about six thousand human bodies buried in mass graves or humiliation of very Kashmir women – on the pretext of so called security – of whose empowerment he was talking about,” the Mirwaiz said, according to KNS.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said that Gandhi is an emerging youth leader of India ‘who has to play a long innings in politics’ and he believes that Gandhi should have accepted historical realities and respected aspirations and sentiments of people of Jammu and Kashmir. Mirwaiz said that unless a resolution to Kashmir issue based on equality and justice is not found the dream of violence free and a prosperous South Asia will remains elusive.
He said time has come for the leadership of India to change in its attitude and approach vis-à-vis Kashmir. Mirwaiz said that Indian leadership should present Kashmir issue in its right perspective before its people so that a conducive atmosphere for the resolution of Kashmir issue is created.
“Kashmir is an issue which has a historical background. After the happenings of 1947 Jawaharlal Nehru came to Kashmir and pledged that the people of the state shall have the right to decide about their future. It was the congress government which took Kashmir to United Nations and accepted a formula for the resolution before the United Nations but never acted upon the same. We see that governments right from 1947 have leashed a campaign of misinformation and disinformation before the people of India regarding the basic reality of Kashmir issue,” he opined.
The Hurriyat (M) chairman said that Indian public opinion has been made to believe that Kashmir issue was a creation of Pakistan and of cross border terrorism.
Referring to Gandhi, Mirwaiz said it is encouraging that a young and energetic leadership is emerging in India and hoped that this leadership shall develop the courage to address Kashmir issue on the principles of justice rather than use of coercion and military might.
Mirwaiz said, “We are not against development, however, the talk of democracy and Panchyati raj suits well only in free societies. In Kashmir people are denied even the basic right to life. Kashmir has virtually been turned into a police state. More than five hundred thousand troops are deployed to suppress and strangulate the voice of Kashmiris and under such circumstances the talk of Panchyati Raj and people’s empowerment does not seem convincing.”
He said that leave alone Panchyats and Municipalities even people in the State Assembly too work to safeguard the interests and on the behest of agencies and Army sources and it has been amply established by the recent revelation of former Army Chief Gen. V. K Singh.