Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Friday that the opening of Kartarpur corridor, which connects the holiest Sikh shrines in Indian and Pakistani Punjab, was the outcome of a humanitarian approach by the two countries that should be emulated in case of Kashmir now.
Addressing an impressive gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid Srinagar, where Rehmatal-lil-Aalameen Conference was also held, after Friday prayers, Mirwaiz said that a military approach to issues can never succeed but a humane approach could.
Opening of Kartarpur corridor facilitated by both India and Pakistan was the outcome of humanitarian approach and I believe it is the best way forward,” said Mirwaiz, who is the key leader of Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL).
“I appeal to the Government of India to stop killing Kashmiri youth and blinding them by pellets and show the maturity of a biggest democracy by engaging with Pakistan to resolve the long-standing dispute peacefully,” he said.
Mirwaiz said Prime Minister Narendera Modi should positively respond to his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan’s repeated offers of engagement so that both can build trust and peace.
“People of Kashmir need it the most as we have been bearing the brunt of the lingering dispute,” he said.
Mirwaiz said the statement on Kashmir by former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik, who recently visited the Valley, reflects the “reality of the Kashmir situation” and completely echoes what the resistance leadership has been saying all these years.
“Four key things have been mentioned by him (Bondevik) in his statement— first that Kashmir is an international dispute with UN resolutions and reports on it, second— India and Pakistan need to come to the table as the tension in Kashmir is escalating, third— being the most affected party the people of Kashmir need to be on board and fourth— there can be no military solution to this dispute,” Mirwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said the Government of India should accept these facts expressed by an impartial person who visited the Valley.
Last Friday, Bodevik arrived in Srinagar and met Hurriyat Conference (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq at Geelani’s Hyderpora residence.
JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik, the third leader in the JRL trio, couldn’t meet him as he continues to remain under detention.fExpressing anguish at the killing spree of armed youth by the forces, Mirwaiz said that under cordon and search operations, which “in reality is operation kill”, every day “young boys are shot dead and it is lauded as a great success”.
“Civilians are also targeted in these operations with impunity and their killing conveniently justified as collateral damage while babies as young as Hiba are also not spared and fired pellets upon,” he said.
Mirwaiz urged the international community to help stop the daily killings and grave human rights violations here.