In­dian civil so­ci­ety, in­tel­lec­tu­als’ si­lence most shock­ing: Mir­waiz

Pakistan Observer - - KASHIMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—Con­demn­ing the atroc­i­ties be­ing car­ried on the peo­ple of Kash­mir, Hur­riyat (M) Chair­man, Mir­waiz Umar Fa­rooq Satur­day termed the si­lence of In­dian civil so­ci­ety and in­tel­lec­tu­als as most un­for­tu­nate and said that In­dia was not short of pos­i­tive-think­ing in­di­vid­u­als and that it was their hu­man­i­tar­ian duty to voice con­cern over Kash­mir sit­u­a­tion.

The Mir­waiz told this to founder of the Art of Liv­ing Foun­da­tion, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar who called on the Mir­waiz at his res­i­dence on Fri­day evening were they held de­tailed dis­cus­sions on the on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion in Kash­mir.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, the Mir­waiz while prais­ing con­tri­bu­tions of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the so­cial field said the on­go­ing sit­u­a­tion in Jammu Kash­mir was wor­ri­some and the plans that the gov­ern­ment was try­ing to im­ple­ment in the state were anti-Kash­mir and against the col­lec­tive in­ter­ests of the peo­ple.

In­form­ing Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that peace­ful ac­tiv­i­ties of the re­sis­tance lead­er­ship of Kash­mir were be­ing cur­tailed through their ar­rests and re­stric­tions on their move­ment and it had be­come a rou­tine mat­ter.

He said this was be­ing done to cow down the peo­ple and al­ter the de­mo­graphic and dis­puted na­ture of Jammu and Kash­mir.

While talk­ing about re­turn of Kash­miri Pan­dits the Mir­waiz told the guest that Kash­miri Pan­dits were an in­te­gral part of Kash­miri so­ci­ety and that Hur­riyat had al­ways stood for their dig­ni­fied re­turn to the Val­ley so that they once again be­came part and par­cel of Kash­miri so­cial mi­lieu. The Hur­riyat chair­man said it was un­for­tu­nate that even this hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sue was be­ing politi­cized by cer­tain vested in­ter­ests and an im­pres­sion was be­ing cre­ated that Kash­miri Pan­dits were not safe among Kash­miri Mus­lims which was far from re­al­ity.

Urg­ing the vis­it­ing dig­ni­tary to in­form the In­dian public opin­ion about the real sit­u­a­tion of Kash­mir and clear their mis­con­cep­tions spread by var­i­ous me­dia out­lets of In­dia with vested in­ter­ests, the Mir­waiz said they never highlight the real Kash­mir sit­u­a­tion and in­stead mis­lead the peo­ple of In­dia about the real is­sues, cre­at­ing bad blood and mis­con­cep­tions among them, which needed to be re­moved.—GK

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