“The root cause of tension, violence and bitterness between the two nuclear neighbours is the lingering Kashmir dispute.”
Srinagar: All Parties Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Wednesday said that India and Pakistan should desist from ‘military adventurism’ and try to solve the root cause of bitterness between the two, the lingering Kashmir issue.
“Leadership of both countries should desist from military adventurism as the consequences are directly borne by the people of Jammu and Kashmir on both sides and poor soldiers too. Instead they should show maturity and peacefully resolve the issue and put an end to the conflict raging in the region for the past 70 years.”
Mirwaiz, who is under house arrest from the past one month said in a statement, “The root cause of tension, violence and bitterness between the two nuclear neighbours is the lingering Kashmir dispute.”
Mirwaiz added, “while the situation at LOC is war like,it is no different in Kashmir itself which has been declared a war zone witnessing relentless killing of youth and civilians, arbitrary arrests and harassment of young boys and subjecting them to torture, imposition of curfews, restrictions, raids, vandalizing of homes, persecution and caging of resistance leadership by the forces and police who enjoy unbridled power and zero accountability.”
The APHC chairman said that until both countries show a will to resolve the issue innocent lives will continue to be lost and Kashmiris will continue to suffer.
Mirwaiz said New Delhi has to shun its ‘military approach’ in dealing with the people of Kashmir and both India and Pakistan have to initiate serious steps towards resolving the basic dispute of Kashmir.
“By denying the reality of the dispute as New Delhi insists upon, the dispute will not go away. Genuine struggles like in Kashmir that have a historical and democratic basis have to be engaged with and people’s will and sentiments have to be respected,” said Mirwaiz.
He stressed that world wars do not resolve issues nor does repression.
“Dialogue and serious engagement are the means to be employed to move forward towards resolution,” he added.
He further added, “If India relents its rigidity, it is high time that all the three stakeholders to the dispute- India, Pakistan and most importantly the people of Kashmir get together and deliberate and resolve the dispute keeping the will and aspirations of the people of Kashmir in view, once for all.”