Killing Militants Won’t Resolve Kashmir Problem: Mirwaiz

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Srinagar. Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq dilivers Friday sermon after 57 days of house detention at Jamia Masjid in old city area of Srinagar.

He was put under house arrest and was not allowed to deliver Friday prayers but today forces lift siege around his residence at Nigeen. He has spent more than 50 days under house arrest. It all happened after the Deputy SP Muhammad Ayoub Pandit was beaten to death by mob outside the mosque due to which Mirwaiz was kept under house arrest.

Addressing a huge Friday congregation at the Jamia Masjid in the old city, the Mirwaiz said: “Aggression and repression can never resolve issues but only aggravate them.

“As long as there is repression and force as the state response, you may kill one (militant), but 10 more will stand up. Killing them (militants) is no solution as is evident from the huge attendance at their funerals,” he said.

The leader of the moderate wing of the Hurriyat Conference said the people of Jammu and Kashmir were waiting for a final resolution of their political problem which alone, he added, will end their suffering.

He said a resolution of the issue was possible provided there was willingness to accept facts with “compassion, humanity and mutual respect”.

Authorities on Friday lifted the six-week-long house arrest restrictions imposed on the Mirwaiz after which he offered Friday prayers at the Jamia Masjid and delivered his weekly sermon.

Mirwaiz has number of times said in his statement that India is trying to oppress us  and termed this act as inhuman.

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