APHC will ‘welcome’ Modi with complete shutdown

Mirwaiz says Kashmir not an economic issue

SRINAGAR – All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq while giving call to observe complete shutdown on Friday has said that the economic packages will not serve any purpose until the Kashmir issue is resolved politically.

“May be Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit will have certain economic perspectives but we want to make it clear that Kashmir issue is not an economic issue,” he said in a statement issued here. “Kashmir is a human and political issue with which future of more than one billion people is associated,” he said.

He said that no economic process will work until the issue was resolved as per aspirations of the people. The APHC chairman said that India had turned Kashmir into a military garrison where human rights violations were taking place every now and then. “This shutdown will be a protest against Narendra Modi's visit to Kashmir as prime minister,” he said.

Mirwaiz said that India claims to be the largest democracy in the world, but its democratic credentials become questionable when it comes to the present situation of Kashmir. In this freedom struggle, tens of thousands of people have been martyred and thousands subjected to enforced disappearance, he pointed out.



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