APHC welcomes Modi’s move to invite Nawaz

Mirwaiz asks new Indian govt to start dialogue with Pakistan, Kashmiri leadership

SRINAGAR — Hurriyat Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has welcomed India’s prime minister-elect Narendra Modi’s invitation to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif for his swearing-in ceremony, to be held on May 26 in New Delhi.

Addressing a news conference at his residence, Mirwaiz hoped that the new Indian government would start a sustained dialogue process with Pakistan and the Kashmiri leadership and start a new process of friendship with neighbour nation.

He said that Modi’s invitation to Nawaz Sharif was a welcome gesture and this should continue in the future as well. “The cordial relations between Pakistan and India are in the interest of Kashmir issue,” he said. Late Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq was also in favour of such talks, he said.

Mirwaiz Umar was put under house arrest following his Eidgah march call to commemorate the death anniversary of his father Mirwaiz Moulvi Muhammad Farooq who was gunned down on this day in 1990. He said that the Awami Action Committee would hold a rally at Municipal Park here on June 20.

The Awami Action Committee has decided to reopen the cases like Hawal massacre and the killings of Moulvi Farooq and Abdul Ghani lone, another Hurriyat leader who was assassinated on the May 21 in 2002. “We demand reopening of all these cases. If justice is not delivered, at least it should be made public who were behind the killings of these political leaders,” he said.

Condemning the arrest of Doctor’s Association president and few civil society members, Mirwaiz said that Omar Abdullah has become a dictator and he has used all oppressive tactics to suppress the voices of pro-freedom people. “Every nation has a right to mourn the sacrifices of their martyrs but in last five years of Omar Abdullah’s rule we have not been allowed to mourn the death of our martyrs,” he said.

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