Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said that civilians including children on both sides of the Line of Control are getting killed, courtesy the unresolved Kashmir conflict, which is very sad and painful.
“Soldiers also become cannon fodder of this hate as a consequence of the lingering Kashmir dispute,” he said
“These soldiers on either side belong to the poor segments of society and join forces to make a living and support their poor families and their killing is equally sad,” Mirwaiz said while addressing the Friday congregation at historic Jamia Masjid here.
“It is strange that both sides (India and Pakistan) boast of killing soldiers of the other side, and swear that deaths will be avenged, leading to more killings and destruction, including those of civilians,” he said.
This senselessness and bloodshed is given the name of nationalism and defence of national honour, he regretted. Mirwaiz appealed both countries to put an end to these senseless killings, adding that the only beneficiaries of this death and destruction are those who provide the arms and ammunition for this mayhem.
Mirwaiz urged the two nuclear neighbours to give up confrontation and come to the table to resolve the Kashmir dispute once for all and put a permanent end to this madness and suffering that has consumed so many lives and is a source of the suffering of Kashmiris for past 70 years.
On the 29th anniversary of the Pandit exodus from Kashmir, Mirwaiz once again appealed them to return to their roots, their homeland Kashmir.
Mirwaiz said people of Kashmir will welcome them with warmth and open arms.
Pandit migration is a human issue and it makes all Kashmiris sad that they are away from their motherland and yearn to come back, Mirwaiz said, adding that “Pandits are a part of our joint ethos and culture and our common past and will always remain so.”
He said Kashmir belongs to them as much as it does to the Muslims and “we want to share our future together”.
He said “our demand for the right of self-determination is for each inhabitant of J&K, and they (Pandits) have an equal right to have their say in its future dispensation.”