Kamaal Takes On Mirwaiz24 August 2010
Srinagar: Mirwaiz Umer Farooq’s Friday ultimatum to pro-India politicians to decide once for all whether they were with Kashmiris or with New Delhi has drawn a belligerent response from the ruling National Conference, with senior leader, Dr. Mustafa Kamaal saying Mirwaiz has no right to issue such ultimatums as he was himself pursuing a ‘futile agenda’. Holding the Hurriyat camp responsible for the death and destruction in the valley Dr. Kamaal, uncle of Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, said in an interview with KNS that they claimed to have the support of the masses but never took steps to prove it. Asserting that the influence of the Mirwaiz was limited to a specific area, Dr. Kamaal said that “these people” had always exploited the people of the state and raised the slogan of freedom to exploit sentiments even now. “When the situation worsened in 1990, it was because of these people that youth took up arms as they had been shown greener pastures and misled that azadi was round the corner,” he said. “But twenty years have passed, and these people have achieved nothing except filling up graveyards,” he said. “These people ask us to join the ranks of the separatists, and this is proof of their declining stance because their politics is solely based on playing with the sentiments of the people,” he said. “On the other hand, the National Conference has come with an elected government with a full mandate from the masses. And along with public service, the National Conference is striving for a resolution of the Kashmir issue,” he said. “It is because of these people (the separatists) that Kashmir has witnessed untold bloodshed, and people have got nothing but destruction, “ he said. “These people are running after a futile goal. It is a race without destination, and they have lost credibility among the masses,” he said. “Everyone wants a resolution of the Kashmir issue, and all are engaged in this endeavour. No party has the right to issue an ultimatum, nor does such an ultimatum carry any weight,” he said. The Mirwaiz had warned pro-India leaders on Friday to come clean on their stand and decide once for all whether they were with Kashmiris or with New Delhi, as the time of dissimulation was over and there was not middle path left for them. “It is tragic that when Kashmiris are being killed with impunity, pro-India leaders are falling ocver each other to gain the good will of New Delhi,” the Mirwaiz had said.