Intimidation will not deter me from Kashmir issue resolution: Mirwaiz

MAJID NABI. Dated: 4/13/2019 12:35:52 PM

SRINAGAR, Apr 12: Valley’s chief cleric and Hurriyat (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today reiterated that ‘intimidation or harassment’ will not deter his resolve to seek peaceful political resolution of vexed Kashmir issue.
Mirwiaz who returned to Kashmir on Thursday after being quizzed by NIA in New Delhi for three days said pressure was mounted on leadership through ED and NIA to silence the voices seeking resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
He also said that his house was raided and many notices were sent to him to appear at NIA headquarters in New Delhi.
“Intimidation or harassment cannot make me to change my political stand on Kashmir which is based on reality. Pressure was mounted on leadership through ED and NIA to silence the voices seeking resolution of the Kashmir dispute,” said Mirwaiz during his Friday sermon at Jamia Masjid adding I will continue to represent people’s aspirations and emotions.
Mirwaiz said that the decision to leave Delhi to face investigators was taken collectively by the leadership.
Elaborating, he said the investigators at NIA office asked him about the various organizations he heads which include Anjuman Auqaf Jamia, Anjuman Nusratul Islam, Darulkhair APHC and AAC details of which they had seized during the raid.
Mirwaiz said he was also questioned about recommendations for visa to Pakistan by Kashmiri’s and to medical colleges in Pakistan which he appraised them about.
Condemning the killing of a teenager in Kupwara during clashes on first phase of polling for the Baramulla Parliamentary seat, he said pellet gun has yet again claimed the life of a student despite United Nations recommendation to ban use of pellet guns in Kashmir.
He said pellet guns which left thousands of youth maimed and blinded during 2016 uprising in Kashmir continue to be used without caring about the recommendations of international community.
He said recently the EU parliamentarians have also asked Government of India to ban the use of pellet guns.
“Scars left behind by the lethal pellet guns in 2016 are still afresh as many youth were killed and blinded yet it is unfortunate that the use of pellets continues unabated in Kashmir with the result a budding flower was crushed forever,” Mirwaiz added.
He said that the indiscriminate use of pellet guns resulting in the killings of innocents is extremely painful.
Regarding ban on civilian movement on national highway, the chief cleric called the government decision as autocratic which he said caused immense hardship and difficulties for the people.
He said that ever since the Pulwama episode that left around 50 CRPF personal killed, repressive measures against people have increased.



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