Mirwaiz Slams ModiSarkaar: 'Not PoK, It's Azad Kashmir'

6 June 2014
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: Kashmir's chief cleric and chairman of Hurriyat Conference, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Friday hit out at the NarendraModi-led Government at the Centre for 'attempting to polarize' Jammu and Kashmir. He asserted that the Modi government's proposed move to rename Pakistan Administered Kashmir as 'Pakistan Occupied Jammu Kashmir (PoJK)' in its nomenclature is 'fraught with dangerous consequences.' 'It is unfortunate that the BJP and its wings are hell-bent to divide J&K in the name of religion and geography. I want to convey to them that all five regions of the erstwhile princely state of J&K including Gilgit, Baltistan, Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Jammu, Ladakh and Kashmir are disputed,' Mirwaiz said, addressing a Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid here. Mirwaiz's statement comes barely two days after a news report carried by some New Delhi-based news channels and newspapers that the Modi government was forming a proposal to rename 'Pakistan-occupied Kashmir' as 'Pakistan-Occupied Jammu-Kashmir.' 'The move of the new regime at New Delhi is aimed at affecting the State's geography. The people of J&K won't accept this proposal at any cost,' he said. 'People belonging to all religions hold the same view that J&K is a disputed territory which needs to be resolved as per their wishes and aspirations.' In an apparent reference to the BJP, Mirwaiz said calling 'Azad Kashmir' as 'PoK' reflects 'ill-thinking and short sightedness.' 'Parties with communal mindset must learn to accept realities. They should call other side of Kashmir as Azad Kashmir,' he said. 'These parties want to see J&K burning in communal fire,' he said. Mirwaiz said some parties are trying to create 1947-like situation for their 'petty political and electoral gains.' 'Efforts are afoot to polarize J&K,' he said. 'But such efforts will have serious repercussions and entire responsibility will be on the parties having communal agenda.' Referring to BJP, Mirwaiz said first they started with the talk on revocation of Article 370 and 'now they want to see J&K divided on communal lines.' 'We have to be vigilant about these elements. We must put in our best efforts to uphold the communal harmony in the State,' he said. Mirwaiz said giving different names to various regions of the Sates is a 'dangerous plan.' Mirwaiz urged people to ensure that the 'golden jubilee' of Awami Action Committee (AAC) is observed with zeal on June 20. 'AAC will observe 50 years of its formation on June 20. People must reach Muncipal Park Srinagar to mark the anniversary. We will pass important resolutions there,' he said. 'We will also reveal our future policy vis-à-vis Kashmir solution.'