From historic Eidgah, Mirwaiz sends Kashmir’s ‘message of peace’ to India and Pakistan
Srinagar: Amid pro-Islam and pro-freedom sloganeering, senior resistance leader and Kashmir’s chief cleric, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, in his Eid address to tens of thousands of Muslims in historic Eidgah, after eight years, sent a “message of peace from Kashmir” to nuclear armed but hostile neighbours India and Pakistan.
Mirwaiz was being disallowed by the government to join the faithful on Eid for last seven years. In a tweet after reaching his Nigeen lake residence, Mirwaiz write: “At #Eidgah after 8 yrs, Peace cannot be created in a vacuum, #Kashmir a political dispute not a law&order issue no military solution possible, AFSPA and black laws need to go, GoI needs to revisit the Vajpayee policy, engagement among three stakeholders the assured way to move forward.”
In his traditional Eid address, Mirwaiz said that India must “accept that (political) solution of Kashmir issue has to be found”.
“Whole of sub-continent is involved in this (Kashmir) issue,” he explained.
On this occasion, Mirwaiz said, “Kashmiris send message of peace and love both to India and Pakistan and we believe that time has come to resolve Kashmir issue.”
He said that events unfolding in Kashmir have shown that “Indian military might and force is no solution”.
“It is a political dispute, which needs a political solution among all three stakeholders: people of Kashmir, India and Pakistan.
Mirwaiz also said that dialogue can’t happen “until and unless all the three stakeholders are not engaged in a process”.
“Oppression has to be stopped, black laws like AFSPA have to be removed, political prisoners must be resolved and people held accountable (for rights abuses) to create an environment (for dialogue),” he maintained.
Invoking the mantra of former Indian Prime Minister, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, he had said that Vajpayee said resolution of Kashmir was possible “within the ambit of humanity not India”.
“Kashmir is not an issue of development, employment or peace but it is biggest unresolved political dispute which is main cause of political instability in sub-continent,” he said. “So, it needs a political process needed to address it.”
The statement of Mirwaiz comes days after Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, had said that government of India (GoI) “was ready for dialogue with Hurriyat Conference”. The latter had, however, sought clarification from GoI on what was the agenda of dialogue if and when it happens.
He said that resolution of Kashmir does not lie in dolling out of incentives. “No incentive is going to work.”
“If India and Pakistan take steps for resolution (of Kashmir), we will wholeheartedly support such a process,” he assured appealing the nuclear armed neighbours to initiate the process.
“Our struggle based on justice… (and) our struggle will continue till Kashmir is resolved. It is Kashmiris who will decide its future and it is Kashmiris who will safeguard Kashmir,” he said.
The resistance leader welcomed the first-ever human rights report released by the Office of High Commissioner of United Nations Human Rights on Kashmir situation spanning between July 2016 and April 2018.
“It has reiterated our demand for right to self-determination,” Mirwaiz said. “We thank UN for the report but people of Kashmir expect that it initiates investigations into human rights violations.”
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein released a 49-page report on both parts of Kashmir but it focused on this part of Kashmir calling for an international enquiry into rights abuses.
Mirwaiz also condemned the killings done by the men in uniform in less than eighteen hours in Pulwama and Islamabad since Friday evening and injuries to scores of people on Eid.