SRINAGAR: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, has said unless Kashmir dispute was resolved according to the aspirations of Kashmiris the Indo-Pak relations would not improve, and peace would elude the two nations. Mirwaiz said the right of self-determination is an inalienable right of Kashmiris, and elections can’t be substitute to it. He sought the intervention of UN to resolve the dispute.
Mirwaiz said even the UN Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon recently stressed that until India and Pakistan address the root cause of the Kashmir issue, the tension will hamper the relations between them. “Even India’s first Prime Minister Jawahar Lal Nehru had promised to give the right of self-determination to Kashmiris. Since 1947 Kashmiris have been offering sacrifices for attaining the right,” he said.
Mirwaiz accused New Delhi of using “cheap tactics” to suppress the resistance movement. “Government of India has left no stone unturned to muzzle the voice of Kashmiris. However, we will carry on the movement until resolution of Kashmir according to aspirations of its people,” he said.
Mirwaiz urged people to make the Lal Chowk chalo march successful. “I appeal people to assemble at Lal Chowk on December 24 and march towards UN office at Gupkar to submit a memorandum for resolution of Kashmir.”
“It is the responsibility of UN to ensure implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir. We expect the UN secretary general Ban-Ki Moon to push for permanent settlement of the dispute for peace in south Asia,” he said.
Mirwaiz condemned the harassment of people by police and CRPF troopers during the undeclared curfew today. He said the government has infringed the religious rights of people by not allowing prayers at Jamia Masjid for seventh consecutive Friday.-SANA