People Of India Should Question Its Leaders On Kashmir

People Of India Should Question Its Leaders On Kashmir

26 March 2014
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: In a first, the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday made a passionate appeal to the people of India to make their political leaders accountable on Kashmir. He asked them to question the leaders why Kashmir issue continues to linger even after more than six decades. 'People of all states of India have a moral obligation to find out why their leadership has failed to find an amicable solution to the vexed issue despite economic packages and other sops announced from time to time,' he said. Talking to Greater Kashmir after chairing the Hurriyat's executive meeting at Rajbagh here, Mirwaiz said the meeting discussing the political scenario and the atmosphere related to the upcoming elections in India. 'We see leaders of Congress, BJP, Samajwadi party and many others going to the people to seek votes for the upcoming elections. People of India would obviously give their vote, but I urge them to make it a point to ask their leaders why Kashmir issue is still pending resolution,' he said. 'People of India should find out real cause of the tension between two countries. They should make themselves aware of the number of troops present in Kashmir and nature of problem that has engulfed entire South Asia over the past 60 years,' Mirwaiz said. 'We want to convey to the people of India that Kashmir issue is ticking and alive despite economic packages and other sops announced by the Prime Ministers of India from time to time,' he said. Mirwaiz said people of India should realize that their country is spending over 48 billion dollars on its forces. 'Almost one-third of this amount is being spent in J&K alone as the State is world's largest militarized zone. I believe more than seven lakh Indian forces are stationed in J&K alone,' he said. The Hurriyat chairman said had this amount been saved, over 40 per cent population in India would not be living below poverty line. He said Indian citizens must acknowledge the fact that Kashmir issue stands recognized by the world community especially United Nations, which guarantees the people of J&K right to self determination. 'Whosoever comes to power in India after the Lok Sabha elections must strive for Kashmir resolution either through tri-partite dialogue or by holding the plebiscite,' Mirwaiz said. 'It is not that only citizens of India should know the sensitivity of the issue but the leaders who would come to power must find ways to resolve the issue in India's larger interest.'