McCain's Remark: ‘Cosmetic’ Peace In 'police State', Says Mirwaiz

McCain's Remark: ‘Cosmetic’ Peace In 'police State', Says Mirwaiz

19 August 2011
Kashmir Despatch


Srinagar: Rejecting the US senator John McCain’s claims about normalcy in Kashmir, chairman of his faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday said there was ‘cosmetic’ peace in the “virtual police state”. “Recently, US presidential candidate (John McCain) visited Kashmir and made a statement. While we welcome the part of his account that resolution of Kashmir was imperative for reducing the animosity between India and Pakistan, we reject second part of his speech about normalcy in the region,” Mirwaiz told a Friday gathering at historic Jamia Masjid here. “We believe that situation continues to be bad even today. Those who come from outside and stay for day or two here and move through government machinery and then talk about normalcy, we want to tell them that for god sake talk a common people to gauge his moaning their feelings. There is cosmetic peace in the region held through stick and gun as Jammu and Kashmir has been virtually turned into police state,” he said. “If normalcy has returned, what is the need for lakhs of paramilitary and other forces? Why not retrieve draconian laws? There is no space for political activities and ‘opposition’ is kept behinds bars, under house arrest,” he said, adding, “They see normalcy today probably no Kashmiri is wielding gun or carrying stone in his hand. Do they want Kashmiri to carry gun and stone all the time and only then they say Kashmir needs to be resolved. When we resort to agitation, they call us to fight peacefully.” According to a Press Bureau of India correspondent, Mirwaiz termed resolution of Kashmir issue imperative for peace in the south Asia. “Jammu and Kashmir is considered as an important issue at the global level due to its geographical position and now the world has realized need to resolve the issue in the light of happenings in Afghanistan and Pakistan.” McCain has been the most influential American to visit the valley in the last two decades. He was the Republican candidate for the 2008 US presidential elections and lost to Barack Obama. After his two day visit to Valley, said he was 'encouraged' to see the improvement in the security situation in the state, reflected in increased business and tourism. However he said that there will be continued tensions as long as the issue remains of significant importance to India and Pakistan. Referring to the protest by Anana Hazare against the corruption, Mirwaiz said, “Indian civil society, media and politicians is giving fullest publicity to the old man’s campaign but when we speak against Corruption, social evils, and social waywardness, censorship is enforced and our efforts are curtailed through force.” He mentioned ban on his program on FM and said, “Not only the human and political rights of the people were curbed, suspended and abused, those proudly call themselves the biggest secular and democratic nation on earth was also working to systematically erode our religious rights and identity.” “But I want to tell them that Jammu and Kashmir is Muslim majority region and we will continue to discharge our deputy to protect its integrity.” He also accused administration of neglecting the grand mosque. “While there is massive traffic jam out the Jamia masjid, not a single traffic cop has been deployed to man it. Had it been other place, entire administration would have been deployed.”


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