SRINAGAR, July 19: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said that Government of India should resolve the issue of Jammu and Kashmir politically instead of resorting to coercion.
Addressing the Friday congregational gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said that GoI’s policies like the issue of highway ban, that is causing tremendous problems for people on a daily basis and is leading to a humanitarian situation is a totally “anti-people and anti-Kashmir” move causing both physical and psychological stress to the people.
Mirwaiz said that such repressive measure adopted towards the people in Kashmir adds up to the people’s anger against the rulers.
The HC chairman said the fact remain that even after the passage of seven decades, the Jammu and Kashmir dispute continues to remain a reality with India and Pakistan as parties to it while the presence of United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan continues and more or less every country on the Globe calling on India and Pakistan to address the issue.
He said that recent UN’s Human Rights report is also an indication of how the world sees this issue and how the world body wants to put an end to the graph of human rights violations in Kashmir and call for a political settlement to this issue.
Mirwaiz suggested GoI to instead choose the path of engagement for the peaceful settlement of the lingering dispute for the larger interests of people of entire south Asia.
He said that the great inconvenience and losses incurred by both countries due to the closure of air space is an indication of what people of the two countries stand to lose as a consequence of belligerence.