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Mirwaiz pitches for joint leadership of J&K, Gilgit, Baltistan, Muzafarabad

Srinagar, Jan 05: Stressing the need for a united leadership for both the sides of Line of Control (LoC), Hurriyat-G chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Monday said a joint and new strategy is needed to unite both the sides of divided Kashmir.

He also called for deliberations between and among the “pro-freedom parties” so that what he termed “invasion of right-wing parties” in Kashmir could be given a befitting reply.

Stating that polls could in no way alter the course of action for the resolution of Kashmir issue, Mirwaiz said 75 percent of polling was recorded in 1987 and merely after two years lakhs of people across Kashmir were on the streets – demanding their “birthright”. He also said that finding ways for Kashmir resolution is the responsibility of Kashmir’s leadership and the uncertainty needs to end at an earliest.

Speaking at a seminar over the UN resolutions held at Hurriyat-M headquarters here wherein most of the leaders of the amalgam were of the opinion that those who feel exhausted should stay home and bid farewell to politics, Mirwaiz said the delay in the resolution of Kashmir is not the failure of the people or their leadership. “The onus lies on the United Nations, which despite passing the resolutions has so far failed to implement them on ground.”

The Hurriyat-M chairman maintained that the UN resolutions provide legal basis to the Kashmir issue and same has provided a legal platform for the dissent of the masses of this Himalayan region.

Mirwaiz, who is also Kashmir’s chief cleric, while stressing for a united platform of Kashmir’s fragmented leadership, said a new strategy is the need of the hour so that the leadership of Gilgit, Baltistan and Muzafarabad is also taken into confidence before future action is taken.

He maintained that the consultations within the “pro-freedom camp” would be initiated in near future so that the “invasion of the rightwing parties” in Kashmir could be thwarted with the unanimous efforts.

Stating that routine ‘hartals’ and stone-pelting are not needed to exhibit that the Kashmir issue is alive, Mirwaiz said that people must not get disappointed at present as resolution of Kashmir issue has become inevitable for the lasting peace in South Asia.

“I want to ask the Government of India that if you term the present polls as referendum to Kashmir issue, what was the presence of 10 lakh people in Eidgah in 2008, and what was the two percent of poll participation in the elections of 1996?” said Mirwaiz, adding that an atmosphere being created to drum up that the formation of the new government can resolve the Kashmir issue. “But such claims are the deceitful tactics”.

Taking a dig at BJP, Mirwaiz alleged that the party was trying to crush the ongoing “resistance movement” in Kashmir militarily. “It is the one step forward and two steps backward policy being adopted. BJP is opposing the AFSPA repeal and is hell-bent to crush peoples’ aspirations forcefully but it should know that at international level, its case vis-à-vis Kashmir dispute is much weaker.”

The Hurriyat-M chairman also took jibe at New Delhi based news channels, accusing them of trying to push both India and Pakistan to another war.

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