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Condemn terrorism, Kashmir is a freedom struggle: Mirwaiz

Peerzada Ashiq, Hindustan Times  Srinagar, September 27, 2012
First Published: 19:01 IST(27/9/2012) | Last Updated: 19:06 IST(27/9/2012)

Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has once again used the platform of the Organisation of Islamic Conference, an amalgam of 55 Muslim countries, to pressurise India to resolve the Kashmir issue by "granting right to self determination to its people" and asked international community to differentiate between terrorism and freedom struggle.


"People of Kashmir remain victims of international neglect and double standards of the powerful nations. The preventive diplomacy of the international institutions has also remained silent about the pain and suffering of our people," the Mirwaiz told the OIC conference being held at New York on Wednesday.

Claiming that the dispute of Jammu and Kashmir is not a religious issue but an internationally acknowledged political issue, the Mirwaiz said, "There is a growing concern even at the people’s level in India and Pakistan to resolve it. It is our concerted appeal that OIC develops a partnership with different international forums and institutions to evolve an international consensus, for the amelioration of the sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir who have yet to choose a political destiny according to their aspirations."

Asking international community to draw a line between a struggle for self determination and terrorism, the Mirwaiz said he condemns terrorism in all its hues and shades.

"We believe in cessation in all forms of violence and what is essential is to acknowledge the fact the present phase of Kashmir struggle is peaceful but the terror of the state has continuously haunted it and between 2008 to 2010 more than 125 young protestors were killed in cold blood," he said.

The Hurriyat chairman said he welcomes India and Pakistan engagement. "The dialogue should be inclusive time framed and based on ground realities. The authentic Kashmiri leadership should be an inseparable component of this engagement. The right to self determination in any dialogue process is non-negotiable because all fundamental freedoms flow from this basic right," he said.

In the past, India has rejected intervention of the OIC saying "it has no locus standi on the issue". India has refused the fact finding mission of OIC to visit the state this year.

Pakistan's foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar, and foreign ministers of Saudia Arabia, Turkey, Nigeria reportedly spoke during the OIC contact group meeting on Kashmir.

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