February 2003 News

BJP Portraying Kashmir Struggle In Bad Light: Mirwaiz

12 February 2003
The Statesman

Jammu: The Hurriyat Conference today made a frontal attack on the BJP saying that 'it was trying to portray the Kashmir struggle in bad light just to win over the voters of Himachal Pradesh and other states'. It accused the BJP of playing with the sentiments of the people of the country. Addressing the Id congregation at the Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, former Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Mohommad Umar Farooq said the BJP has deliberately resorted to a malicious campaign against the Kashmiri separatists to scare the voters in Himachal Pradesh and achieve narrow political ends. 'The BJP government is blackmailing the innocent people of the country by describing the Kashmir struggle as terrorism ... People should realise the misdeeds of BJP-led NDA government,' he said, adding that an impression was being given that normalcy was fast returning in Kashmir. He said: 'If the tide is in their (BJP) favour, why are they shying away from the process of dialogue.' The BJP was trying to defame Kashmiris and Pakistan just to meet their own political ends, he said. 'The party wants to repeat its Gujarat experiment in other states. They are working on a definite plan and are targeting Kashmir by describing the movement as terrorism. They are trying to fool the masses, which is a very dangerous trend.' The former Hurriyat chairman urged the Centre to adopt a realistic approach for the solution of the Kashmir issue.


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