Mirwaiz To India, Pak: Demilitarize All Kashmir3 December 2011
Srinagar: Asserting that peace in the South Asian region would remain elusive until the Kashmir dispute was resolved in keeping with the wishes of its people, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Friday underscored demilitarization on both sides of the control line by India and Pakistan. Addressing the Friday congregation at Rahat Dedi Masjid at Anantnag and a public meeting soon after, Mirwaiz said Kashmiri people were not opposed to Indo-Pak amity and both the countries to pull out their armed forces on either side of the LoC in case they were sincere in resolving the dispute. “Implementation of the proposals put forward by the Hurriyat Conference can further strengthen the confidence building measures and, to begin with, the two countries should undertake demilitarization of the entire region on both sides of the LoC,” he said. Mirwaiz said there was no popular or democratic in Jammu and Kashmir and instead the state was being ruled by the police and armed forces. “All the political and administrative affairs of the state are being directed from New Delhi and the local government is engaged in oppression and suppression through anti-people draconian laws to accomplish the Indian government’s agenda,” he said. Stressing the need for unity of precept and practice at every level, Mirwaiz said, sustained attempts were being made to push the Kashmiri youth into the morass of waywardness, drug addiction and conversion. “On the one hand, monetary inducements are offered for change of faith and on the other arrests of youth are carried out to break their resolve for freedom,” he said. Referring to the mysterious death of National Conference worker, Haji Syed Yousuf, after he was summoned by the chief minister to his residence, Mirwaiz said, a judicial probe had been launched into the incident while not even an FIR had been registered against those responsible for killing 120 persons, mostly teenagers, during the 2010 summer unrest. He renewed his call for institution of Bait-ul-Maal at district and other levels to take care of thousands of orphans, widows and other less fortunate sections of the society. It would go a long way in preventing these vulnerable people from going astray.