Demands for complete demilitarization of Kashmir is like “living in unrealistic world”
SRINAGAR: Claiming that time has come to relegate history while solving the Kashmir issue, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) has said that Kashmiris would suffer if they continue to demand that no solution is possible until complete withdrawal of Indian troops from the state. “We have to learn a lesson from history, and let me make it clear that we cannot live with history. Leaders like Maulvi Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone had a vision and that needs to be fulfilled. The vision is possible when we move ahead and stop making demands for complete demilitarization of the state,” Mirwaiz said while addressing a seminar titled “Who can represent Kashmiris in the dialogue process?” held in connection with the death anniversaries of Maulvi Muhammad Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone.
Without naming anyone, Mirwaiz said the leaders who are making demands for complete demilitarization of state are “living in unrealistic world” and they would achieve nothing out of it. Mirwaiz also announced that the Hurriyat has received a formal invitation from the Pakistan foreign minister for visiting that country. “It is quite heartening that Pakistan has recognized Hurriyat Conference as real representatives of Kashmiris; just yesterday we received a formal invitation from Pakistan foreign minister to visit that place. After the popular government has been elected in Pakistan it is for the first time that we have been invited to the country; we have been recognized as the genuine representatives of Kashmiris,” said Mirwaiz.
Saying that international community accepts Kashmir as a dispute today, he said that “influential people” living in countries like the US, UK, China and Russia have understood the need to solve the Kashmir issue once and for all. He added that the “ongoing movement is the movement of people living across the state” and it does not belong to any particular community.
“Kashmiris have offered huge sacrifices and the leaders too have been killed over here. There are people who accuse us of sellout, but how can we do that when we have lost everything during the movement. The main aim of carrying out dialogue with the government of India (GoI) was to expose them on the international front. The GoI used to say that Kashmiris take dictation from Pakistan,” said Mirwaiz.
Referring to the suggestions as well as proposals put forward for the resolution of Kashmir issue, the Hurriyat (M) chairman said that the Hurriyat studies all these proposals and only then would accept or reject them. He said that time has come when a strategy has to be evolved in taking the “ongoing movement to its logical conclusion.” Hailing Pakistan for its “flexibility” regarding the solution of Kashmir issue, Mirwaiz said that strong Pakistan is important as far as Kashmir is concerned. “Some people say that Pakistan has diluted its stand on Kashmir by giving proposals as well as suggestions. These people are wrong and they should understand that Pakistan has been all the way supporting Kashmiris,” he added.
Mirwaiz said that Pakistan is “as nuclear as India and also as strong as India.” He said that his Hurriyat is committed to the “cause” and they would never take any step suggesting that they have betrayed with the “ongoing movement.“There are people who talk about the unification of pro-freedom people and we also want the same thing to happen. At the same time when we agree to disagree, it means that there is democracy and there is lack of consensus on certain issues. But that does not mean that the issue is blown out of proportion and people part ways with the amalgam,” said Mirwaiz.
He said that the interests as well as sentiments of Kashmiris would be given prime consideration while traversing on the path of resolving the Kashmir issue. He added that leaders of both India and Pakistan should understand that if they keep the interests of their people at the top while solving the Kashmir issue, then there is no harm for Kashmiri leaders in doing the same thing.-SANA