India can resolve Kashmir issue only by respecting people’s aspirations: Hurriyat
The Geelani-led front termed the prevailing bloodshed in the state as an outcome of “wrong policies and arrogance” of the Indian authorities, and sought UN intervention because its resolutions form an “important framework” for arriving at a resolution on the dispute.india Updated: May 11, 2017 21:57 IST
The Indian government can resolve the Kashmir issue only by acknowledging the aspirations of its residents, the hardline Hurriyat Conference said on Thursday.
“The people of this state are peace-loving, and Indian leaders can play a key role (in resolving the issue) by respecting their aspirations instead of adopting coercive measures. They should shun fanatical politics because the need of the hour is to acknowledge the ground realities of the long-pending Jammu and Kashmir dispute,” a statement by the Syed Ali Geelani-led front read.
The Hurriyat Conference termed the prevailing bloodshed in the state as an outcome of “wrong policies and arrogance” of the Indian authorities, and sought UN intervention because its resolutions form an “important framework” for arriving at a resolution on the dispute.
The volatile situation in Jammu and Kashmir was a natural reaction against India’s “stubborn attitude”, the statement read, adding that Delhi was desperately trying to impose its verdict on the state through military might.
Reacting to chief minister Mehbooba Mufti’s criticism over the killing of an Army officer from the region, the Hurriyat Conference said no sane person can derive pleasure from the loss of human lives. “The Indian army set this trend, and almost all killings (until now) were carried out by them. It is surprising that Mehbooba Mufti never expressed regret or even enquired about these killings by security and police personnel,” the statement added.
The Hurriyat Conference said the chief minister could have asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi and home minister Rajnath Singh to try resolving the Kashmir issue through political means instead of merely picking on the pro-freedom movement. It then went on to enquire how Mufti’s felt about the “state-sponsored killings” in Kashmir over the last one year.
The Geelani-led front alleged that the sole aim of the Mufti government was to hold on to power for as long as humanly possible. “Whenever they find power slipping from their fingers or Delhi looking out for some other stooge, they hurriedly apologise with bowed heads to appease their masters,” the statement read.
The Hurriyat Conference said Jan Sangh leaders were “speaking rubbish” about the state because its government had become irrelevant. “They (the Centre) are fully aware of the fact that every soul in Kashmir wants to do away with forced occupation. Jammu and Kashmir has practically become a police state, with Army and government forces running the roost. However, no amount of brutality or coercion can make the Kashmiri people give up their just struggle,” the statement added.
First Published: May 11, 2017 21:57 IST