Indian army’s ‘remarkable year’ comment unfortunate: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar, January 18, 2019 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has termed as extremely unfortunate and inhuman the statement of Indian army that 2018 was a remarkable year for them in Kashmir as they killed over 250 freedom fighters. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressing the Friday congregation at historic Jamia Masjid in Srinagar, today, said many in Indian army have in their write ups and lectures admitted that Jammu and Kashmir is a political problem that has to be resolved as such.

He said it is strange that a well-trained armed force meant to fight another well trained armed force is celebrating and patting its back on killing young men and boys, some as young as 14, while some budding intellectuals and academics and calling it remarkable. He said the whole world reiterates that there can be no military solution to the dispute. He said those who are using militarization to prolong the status quo should understand that it comes with a cost and keeps increasing complexities.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that while the Governor had said that the authorities do not want to kill militants but militancy, if it is so and they are sincere then they should address the cause that is leading these educated and young boys to take to arms – start a political process in Ernest to address the sentiment behind it and resolve the dispute. “It will not only save the lives of our youth but soldiers also, end militarization and the resultant atrocities that governor wants leadership to convey to him and end the uncertainty and hostility that the region is hostage to for past 71 years.

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