Delhi trying to change Kashmir discourse: Mirwaiz

‘Kashmiris will raise donations to keep UNMOGIP office functional; Gaza killings unjustified’

Accusing Government of India of trying to change the Kashmir discourse by asking United Nations Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to vacate its office in New Delhi, the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Friday said the UN should not succumb to New Delhi’s pressure.
He said if the world body is short of resources, Kashmiris can raise donations to keep its office running in New Delhi.
Addressing Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid here, Mirwaiz said Government of India is resorting to foolhardy steps in a bid to change the basic nature of Kashmir issue. “The Kashmir discourse can’t be changed by asking UN to vacate its office in Delhi. Kashmir is a world-recognized dispute,” Mirwaiz said.
He said if the UNMGOIP is short of funds to run its office in New Delhi, Kashmiris will pay for their official accommodation. “We will raise funds and send it to UNMOGIP to keep its office in Delhi functional,” he said.
He said Kashmir resolution either lies in UN resolutions or in tripartite dialogue. “I appeal the UN to fulfill its commitment with Kashmir and its people and build pressure on India to resolve the vexed issue once for all,” he said.
“Nothing can change the nature of Kashmir issue, which is a reality known to the world,” Mirwaiz said and asked New Delhi to desist from “making childish announcements. Such attempts were made in the past as well.”
Mirwaiz condemned the brute force used by Israel against Palestinians. “I urge the international community and the Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC) to rise to the occasion to ensure attacks on innocent people in Gaza are stopped forthwith,” Mirwaiz said. He said killings in Gaza were unjustified and uncalled for. “We strongly denounce Israeli action against the people of Gaza,” Mirwaiz said.
Paying tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931, who were martyred for raising their voice against the autocratic rule in JK, Mirwaiz urged the people to join July 13 march from Jamia Masjid to martyrs’ graveyard at Khawjabazar in old city. “The martyrs of 1931 are the assets of Kashmir’s freedom struggle. The movement has witnessed ups and downs so far but the struggle is very much alive,” he said.

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