A day after Pakistan asked India’s new dispensation to “either bury the hatchet or be daggers drawn”, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq headed moderate Hurriyat too asked the BJP-led government to “accept ground realities in Kashmir and take bold steps in order to engage separatists for a peaceful solution”.
“The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has come to power on the plank of development and better economy and the same is impossible unless the Kashmir dispute is resolved,” read the nine-point resolution passed by the Mirwaiz-led Awami Majlis Amal in Srinagar.
Incidentally, the resolution comes a day after Pakistan high commissioner to India Abdul Basit said, “We need to decide whether to bury the hatchet or continue to be daggers drawn”.
The moderate Hurriyat resolutions were adopted as separatists are observing the anniversaries of their leaders Mirwaiz Maulana Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone, who were assassinated in 1990 and 2002 respectively.
The resolutions asks the BJP “to accept Kashmir’s political realities and start a process to resolve the problem as per the aspirations of people”.
“The Hurriyat wishes to see a solution either in accordance with the United Nations resolutions or a trilateral dialogue between India, Pakistan and people of Kashmir for a peaceful South Asia,” it said.
The Hurriyat also laid down pre-conditions for a dialogue process with New Delhi.
“Any dialogue process needs to be started in conducive atmosphere. The CBMs needed for a fruitful dialogue includes demilitarisation, revocation of harsh laws, release of prisoners and free movement of people across the Line of Control,” it added.
The separatists’ resolution underlined that Kashmir “forces India to allocate phenomenal funds of 48 billion dollars for security at a time when 40 percent population lives below the poverty line”.
Moderates are buoyed by the recent BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi’s remarks that “his party will pursue former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s policy on Kashmir”.
“We will adopt a wait and watch policy and will closely monitor what their measures will be for the Kashmir resolution,” said the Mirwaiz in response to Modi’s speech.
Meanwhile, moderate separatists have reiterated the demand of return of mortal remains of executed separatists Afzal Guru and Maqbool Bhat.
Despite the Mirwaiz’s positive overtures and peaceful programme in the last one week, chief minister Omar Abdullah’s government on Tuesday decided to put him under house arrest as a move to stop him from observing the anniversary of his slain father. The moderate Hurriyat had called for a march towards Eidgah, where the separatist leaders are buried, on May 21.
“We condemn the government approach to impose curfew on May 21 in the last five years and stop us from paying tributes to the slain,” said a joint statement of the Awami Majlis Amal.