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Disband village defense committees, says Mirwaiz Umar

india Updated: Nov 13, 2009 20:31 IST
Amir Karim Tantray

All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday categorically said that government should disband and disarm more than 6000 village defense committees (VDC) in Jammu region to ease tension among communities.

Addressing a gathering outside Jamia Masjid in Kishtwar after Friday prayers on the last day of his three day visit to twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar of Jammu region, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “On one hand government says violence level has come down and militancy is on the verge of ending but at the same time the procedure of giving arms to a particular community in Jammu region is still going on.”

“There is a mistrust and ill will among the people of Muslim community who feel scared and if government didn’t disband VDCs, the tension couldn’t ease out,” Mirwaiz said adding, “Government should disarm and disband VDCs to preserve the communal harmony in the region.”

Kishtwar, a communally tense district, often remains tense due to communal clashes between Muslims and Hindus. In communal clashes of Amarnath agitation, two people lost their lives and several were wounded in Kishtwar town.

The district administration has deployed huge number of police force during the Mirwaiz’s visit to Kishtwar and his movement was restricted. Mirwaiz was only allowed to address gathering outside Jamia Masjid Kishtwar which once was completely gutted by fire in the intervening night of December 31, 2000 and January 1, 2001 and visit Mazar of Shar Asrar-ud-Din. Police also cane charged people who were raising pro-freedom slogans.

Criticising the heavy deployment of police force by the administration, APHC chairman said, “Force is no option against resistance which has been proved in Iraq and Afghanistan. This movement is a peaceful struggle to achieve goal of right to self determination and my only motive to come here was to take the opinion of people of the region which are the inseparable part of the freedom movement.”

Mirwaiz reiterated its stand that Hurriyat has no communal agenda and the movement is not only of Muslims. “But Hindus and Sikh are also part of the freedom struggle. We have to move along to find a respectable and everlasting solution to K-issue,” Mirwaiz added.

Rejecting the quiet talks and quiet diplomacy policy of central government to address Kashmir issue, Mirwaiz said, “All this is not acceptable until the agenda is clear. We are ready for meaningful and result oriented tripartite talks which are Kashmir oriented.”

Mirwaiz cleared that there is no tug of war between factions of Hurriyat, “Our modalities may be different but our goal is one and which is right to self determination. The movement is not alive because of any Mirwaiz Umar Farooq or Syed Ali Shah Geelani but because of the sentiments of people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

On the issue of return of Kashmiri Pandits to Kashmir, Mirwaiz said, “We welcome KPs to Kashmir as they are the part of society and culture of Kashmir and we always want that they should live peacefully in Kashmir.”

Mirwaiz informed that in couple of week he will be visiting Gool-Gulabgarh area of district Reasi to apprise people about his mission.