Without naming the head of other faction, Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Tuesday appealed pro-freedom parties to shun away from calling strikes on Fridays.
Pertinently, Geelani had called for a two-day shutdown on Thursday and Friday over Kishtwar killing.
Mirwaiz said, “When pro-freedom parties call for strikes on Fridays it gives government a reason to curb our activities. Already our activities have been curbed and government isn’t allowing us to reach out to the people. When we call for strikes on Fridays we lose an opportunity on that day also to reach out to people.”
He claimed the state government has completely failed to stop continuously worsening situation in Kishtwar and other areas of Jammu division. “Violence in Kishtwar was planned and perpetuated deliberately for electoral gains, so as to polarize the population for petty political interest,” he said and demanded immediate disarming and dis-banding of VDCs all around Jammu region.
Earlier, while speaking at a seminar, “Solution of disputes. a precursor to world peace” to pay tributes to Hurriyat leader, Sheikh Abdul Aziz on his fifth martyrdom anniversary and others martyrs who laid their lives for the Kashmir cause, Mirwaiz said, “At a time when Kashmiri resistance leadership is being barred from even from offering prayers communal forces in Jammu were given a free hand to act on their nefarious designs. Efforts were on to push Jammu Kashmir into a communal fire so as to reap out ulterior political benefits from the dead bodies of both Hindus and Muslims,” he claimed. Categorically stating that Kashmiris were not communal, Mirwaiz said the inhabitants of the state have maintained communal bonhomie even during adverse situations.
Coming down heavily on pro-Indian political parties, Mirwaiz said BJP, Congress, PDP and NC were in the same league when it comes to grabbing power. He said these political parties can go to any extent for their vested political interests. Stressing that Jammu Kashmir was one single entity, he said that division of Kashmir on regional or religious basis would never be allowed. He said APHC wants to clear Kashmir was not a religious issue, but it was political dispute which needs to be solved politically. Unfortunately, Mirwaiz said the pro-Indian political parties were engaged in communal politics in the state. He stressed that for the sake of power, the pro-Indian political parties were asking people to vote on religious lines.
By playing such dirty politics, the pro-Indian parties are giving space to communal politics and pitting Hindus and Muslims of Kashmir against each other,” Mirwaiz said, adding, “These parties were actually responsible for fanning the communal fires among the members of the both communities.”
The Hurriyat (M) Chairman said the pro Indian parties and agencies were following a specific agenda to dilute the disputed status of J&K by promoting communal politics in the state. He said sometimes they divide people on sectarian lines, sometimes on Shia-Sunni basis, and now Hindu-Muslim.
Mirwaiz appealed people to play in the hands of such communal miscreants and maintain the centuries old tradition of communal and sectarian bonhomie. Assuring people of Kishtwar that division of state won’t be allowed, he said safety of minorities was the responsibility of majority community which would be provided at any cost.
Welcoming the recent statement of UN secretary general Ban Ki Moon where he has asked India and Pakistan to end hostility on the LOC, Mirwaiz said that various resolutions have been passed to solve the Kashmir issue in UN. He, however, said not a single resolution has been implemented by the world body. Stressing both countries, India and Pakistan, to normalize relations, he said that there have been ceasefire violations from both sides on LOC inspite of the ceasefire agreement of 2003 claiming more than 60 lives on both sides.”