APHC leader and Jammu Kashmir Peoples League Chairman, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, has said that Kashmir is a political issue and must be resolved through peaceful means.
According to Media sources, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza addressing a Friday congregation in Noorpora area of Tral said that the dispute should be resolved through tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and the genuine Kashmiri leadership as bilateralism had failed to yield results in the past. The APHC leader said that the way Narendra Modi government was dealing with the Kashmir dispute would have serious repercussions. He denounced the statement of Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, that he had ordered the Indian Army to continue firing on Pakistani border posts. Mukhtar Waza said that the moves like canceling of Foreign Sectary level talks with Pakistan and now directing armed forces to continue firing on the Line of Control could prove disastrous for the whole South Asian region. He said that the dialogue was the only way forward. “India and Pakistan can only prosper if they succeed in strengthening the bilateral relations, which is only possible after the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir conflict,” he added. Mukhtar Ahmad Waza was accompanied by senior party leaders including Imtiyaz Ahmad Reshi and Engineer Fayaz Ahmad.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq expressing concern over the prevailing tense border situation between Pakistan and India has called upon the two countries to avoid confrontation and take serious steps to resolve all outstanding issues including the Kashmir dispute.
According to Media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing Juma congregation at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, said that the cancellation of Foreign Secretary level talks by India with Pakistan had negatively affected the bilateral relations and brought the two nuclear-armed countries to the brink of war. The APHC Chairman said that the situation at present was totally different from that of 1965 and 1971, as today both Pakistan and India were armed with nuclear weapons and any military confrontation between them could lead to destruction of the entire South Asian region. He advised India to change its dogmatic approach towards the Kashmir dispute, as there was no military solution to the dispute. He said that the Kashmir dispute could be resolved only through meaningful tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and true representatives of the Kashmiri people. The Mirwaiz called for addressing the Kashmir dispute on humanitarian grounds, adding that the delay in resolution of the dispute had been taking heavy toll on the people of Kashmir. He said that the people in both parts of Kashmir had been the worst sufferers of this tension. The Mirwaiz said that New Delhi should realize the fact that use of brute force and other repressive measures could not intimidate the Kashmiris into submission. Meanwhile, Hurriyet leaders including Syed Bashir Andrabi and Ghulam Nabi Waseem addressing Juma congregations in different mosques of the territory stressed the need for finding out a permanent solution to the Kashmir dispute.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference has expressed serious concern over the removal of its official page from social networking site Facebook by the puppet authorities. According to Media sources , the APHC’s media advisor, Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, in a statement issued in Srinagar said that the way the puppet regime was now imposing restrictions on social media sites was despotic and demonstrated the severe curbs on the freedom of expression in the occupied territory. He termed the move as clear case of frustration of the puppet administration, which had already imposed restrictions on the peaceful activities of APHC due to fear of its popularity among the masses. Shahid-ul-Islam said that such repressive measures of the puppet regime exposed its real face which was highly intolerant and did not bear slightest criticism against it. He said that such tactics could not affect the Hurriyet leaders’ determination to pursue their liberation struggle.
Chairman of All Parties Hurriyet Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, while maintaining that India is adopting military approach and pushing the entire South Asia towards war, has said that Kashmir is a political issue, which can only be resolved by involving its main stakeholder, Kashmiris. According to Media sources, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was addressing a one-day delegate session of Awami Action Committee in connection with its 50th foundation year at Town Hall in Islamabad. “Bharatiya Janata Party government, by calling off foreign secretary level talks with Pakistan, is trying to give an impression about its tough stance. But this hardline approach will lead them to nowhere as dialogue is the only way to resolve all outstanding issues,” said Mirwaiz. “If New Delhi doesn’t talk with Pakistan and adopts confrontationist politics, they are creating war-like situation and pushing entire South Asia towards it,” he said, adding, “Ultimately they will be left with no option but to resume talks.” It is the people of Kashmir who have to decide the future of Kashmir and not India and Pakistan and the implementation of the United Nations resolutions or tripartite talks were the only viable solution to the Kashmir imbroglio, he added. Others who spoke on the occasion included APHC leader, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, AAC General Secretary, Ghulam Nabi Zaki, and President of Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Forum, Pandit Bhushan Bazaz.
senior Hurriyet leader, Shabbir Ahmad Shah has said that hectic deliberations are underway to put up united face against the so-called Kashmir assembly elections.
According to Media sources , Shabbir Ahmad Shah in a media interview in Srinagar said that the Hurriyet Conference Jammu and Kashmir (HCJK) had expedited the process to bring pro-freedom groups on board to launch an effective campaign for the boycott of the so-called elections. “Emerging political situation in Kashmir demands greater unity among the pro-freedom groups. Pro-India parties including National Conference, Peoples Democratic Party, Congress and Bharatiya Janata Party contest elections under different flags but their sole aim is to implement India’s agenda to suppress the ongoing movement. We are left with only option to unite and give them befitting reply by making the election boycott call successful,” he said. Shabbir Shah, who also heads Jammu and Kashmir Democratic Freedom Party (DFP), said, “We have been getting positive signals from pro-freedom parties. We are working to fix modalities of issue-based unity. The process will be completed well before elections to jointly launch campaign against it. Our present agenda is to implement single poll boycott strategy,” he said. “I have been making efforts to forge greater unity in the pro-freedom camp for past many years. Indian agencies are working round the clock to sabotage unity among us. This time we have made it clear that there will be unity with only those parties who are for resolution of the Kashmir dispute according to aspirations of Kashmiri people and United Nations resolutions,” he maintained. The veteran Hurriyet leader, Syed Ali Gilani, talking to a local English daily Greater Kashmir said, “We are thinking over the proposal of Hurriyet Conference Jammu and Kashmir for adopting joint strategy for election boycott.”