Hurriyat (g) Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that the Kashmir issue is the oldest outstanding issue in the United Nations.
The spokesman said that issue precedes the partition of India and Pakistan and since 1931 people of Kashmir and its leadership have been giving immense sacrifices for the cause. Since 1947 we have been demanding that the commitments made by India and Pakistan to the people of Kashmir which are vetted by the international community should be fulfilled, the spokesman said.
Addressing a mammoth Friday gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid, after two weeks of continuous curbs, Mirwaiz said since past several decades the pulpit of the central Masjid has been highlighting the peoples’ rights and aspirations and will continue to do so in future also. He said that the pulpit will continue to always represent peoples aspirations and call for a peaceful settlement to the Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz further said that as the Mirwaiz of Kashmir it is his duty to highlight the reality and truth of the Kashmir issue.
The present political establishment is launching crackdowns, making arrests, and issuing a summons, slapping PSA and sending political and religious leaders and cadre to jails to suppress the voice of the people of Kashmir, the spokesman said. These things are not new to us and we have been experiencing this assault for decades now.
Mirwaiz said that the resistance leadership and he in person have made it clear at international forum including the United Nations and OIC that the Kashmir issue needs to be resolved politically.
Mirwaiz urged upon the people of Kashmir to forge unity at this crucial hour and asked the youth to stand firm, stay calm and peaceful. He said that the leadership was clear and committed to its stand on Kashmir.