Kashmir witnessing an all-time increase in violence: Mirwaiz

Srinagar : Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that Kashmir is witnessing an all-time increase in violence and human rights abuse with the killing of civilians and “armed youth” as policy makers in New Delhi seeking a “military solution” to the seven-decade-old festering dispute, giving a free hand to forces.

The spokesman said, addressing the Friday congregation at historic Jama Masjid, Mirwaiz said lakhs of forces are present in every nook and corner of the valley perpetrating this policy the result of which is “massacres”, the most recent one was in Pulwama where seven civilians were killed in “target fire” by the government forces.

Referring to a report by a media outlet that the recent J&K local body polls has thrown up a grim picture as the voter turnout was poor and abysmal in most areas while candidates were either elected unopposed or stayed away from it, Mirwaiz said that government can no longer hoodwink people or the world by taking recourse for to these measures to show that all is well. People of Kashmir are fed up of the lingering dispute and want a resolution to it, not the continuation of.

Mirwaiz said many Indian and Pakistani army generals have made candid statements that there can be no military solution to the Kashmir dispute which is essentially political and that a political process of dialogue and deliberations between all stakeholders was the only course.

He said Hurriyat Conference, from day one, has been stating that Kashmir was a political and a human issue which can only be resolved by such means and sustained dialogue with all the stakeholders most importantly including Kashmiris was the way to its resolution. Mirwaiz suggested that before the anger of people of Kashmir takes an ugly turn, government should accept the gravity of the situation on the ground in Kashmir and start a process of conflict resolution by giving the people the Right to self-determination or meaningful dialogue.

Mirwaiz said that booking resistance leaders in “false and fabricated” cases by the NIA and ED can neither break the resolve of the pro-freedom camp nor the people of Kashmir.

Meanwhile, Hurriyat leaders staged a peaceful demonstration against the civilian killings in Pulwama and the mass arrests of resistance leadership outside Jamia Masjid after Friday prayers. The protestors strongly condemned the civilian killings and the caging of pro-freedom leaders.

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