Hurriyat Conference( M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said “cosmetic measures” like withdrawing cases against “so-called first time stone pelters” will not resolve the Kashmir issue.
“Youth and political leaders are languishing in jails under draconian laws like PSA for demanding the resolution of the Kashmir dispute. There are dozens of cases where people are being held in jails despite courts quashing their detention . A specially-abled youth from Anantnag was sent to jail under the PSA a day before the announcement of so-called amnesty for stone pelters. Who is the government fooling?” the Mirwaiz said while addressing a Friday congregation at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar.
“If the government really feels that use of force, detentions, arrests cannot resolve the issue , then it should release all political prisoners languishing in jails for years and withdraw draconian laws like AFSPA and PSA,” he said.
Mirwaiz said unless the Kashmir issue is resolved in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people, cosmetic measures by a government which has come to symbolize “repression” will not work .
“ They say that we want to bring youth into the mainstream. We want to tell them that pro-freedom sentiment is mainstream here,” he said.
“Youth and teenagers hitting the streets is a reaction that emanates from the lingering Kashmir conflict and until the conflict is addressed and resolved in accordance with universal principles of justice and people’s will, hacking at the symptoms and outcomes of the conflict will bear no fruit,” he said.
“ It is the root cause that has to be hit at and dealt with in order to change the conditions in J&K so that people of Kashmir especially the youth can be saved and given the opportunity to explore their potential.”
Mirwaiz said “people and leadership of Kashmir are most eager to play their role in promoting an atmosphere of peace and prosperity and partake of its huge benefits.”
“ But such a possibility can only be realized when Govt of India decides to address the Kashmir dispute in its historical background and in keeping with the people’s aspirations. It will have a transformative impact on the whole region and tremendous benefits for all.”
(Featured photo by Zargar Zahoor)