Srinagar, August 02 (KMS): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the situation developing on ground over the past week with deployment thousands of additional Indian troops has created panic amongst the people and they have become apprehensive of something happening in the territory.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing the Friday congregation at historic Jama Masjid in Srinagar said that various speculations were rife including removal of 35-A to change the demography of the occupied territory. He said that for the past three years there had been a great push towards it since various Public Interest Litigation (PILs) were filed in the Indian Supreme Court to challenge it. He said that like past, the people and leadership had to be ready to resist every attempt to undo it.

The Mirwaiz said, such measures will not change the reality that Kashmir is a dispute and has to be resolved. He said that the whole word was asking India and Pakistan to resolve it and there were also offers of mediation. “If the leadership of India and Pakistan are really concerned for their people they will show statesmanship and agree to talk. Ultimately it is only India, Pakistan and the Kashmiris that can reach a lasting resolution,” he maintained.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said, “We have always strongly advocated dialogue among stakeholders, a fact borne out by our sincere push for it and participation in dialogue 2004 onwards. We only believe in and have always advocated peaceful means of struggle for the resolution of the lingering internationally-acknowledged Kashmir dispute in which lakhs of human lives have, so far, been lost and continue to be lost.”

The Hurriyat forum Chairman said that current hostilities at the Line of Control (LoC) were also resulting in loss of previous lives on both sides and there was always a fear of escalation between the nuclear armed neighbours.


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