Reiterating that Hurriyat is ready to take people of Jammu province along, All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Thursday said that the freedom movement of Jammu and Kashmir is the movement of people of every religion.
Addressing a gathering at Jamia Masjid Bhaderwah on his three-day visit to twin districts of Doda and Kishtwar, Mirwaiz said, “The freedom movement is not only of Muslims but people belonging to Hindu, Sikh and other communities are also part of it. We have to move along to find a lasting solution to the J&K issue.”
Bhaderwah, militancy infested area of district Doda has remained the home constituency of former chief minister and union health minister Ghulam Nabi Azad who won the assembly elections twice in 2006 and 2008.
Mirwaiz Umar said, “At every place whether in organisation of Islamic countries (OIC) conference or in America, I talk about people of Jammu region also. People of Jammu region are inseparable part of freedom struggle as they have given many sacrifices for the cause.”
Hurriyat can’t forget the sacrifices of the people of Doda district in the ongoing movement, Mirwaiz said, adding, “I have come here to hold dialogue with all for finding a permanent and lasting solution to the J&K issue.”
Demanding from both India and Pakistan to involve representatives of Kashmir in dialogue process, APHC chairman said, “We are ready for meaningful talks which involve all the three parties, India and Pakistan and Kashmir. All bilateral talks have failed so far and if the process will continue no result will come up.”
Before entering any dialogue process with India, Mirwaiz have put some conditions. He said, “Before holding talks, India should release all political prisoners, revoke draconian laws and should open all road links between both sides of J&K so that people could meet.”
Mirwaiz further said that for everlasting peace in sub-continent, Kashmir issue needs to be addressed. “International community also wants to solve the K-issue and this is the perfect time to address it,” Mirwaiz added.
Mirwaiz was supposed to address people at main Seri Bazar of Bhaderwah but administration didn’t give permission to hold rally there and after Zuhar payers (Mid-day prayers) he addressed the gathering inside Jamia Masjid.
After addressing the gathering Mirwaiz led a procession towards Mazar-e-Shuda (Martyrs graveyard) rising pro-freedom slogans.