Not against dialogue, but Indian repression must end first: JRL

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SRINAGAR: In occupied Kashmir, the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) comprising Syed Ali Gilani, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq and Muhammad Yasin Malik, has said that the Hurriyat leadership is not against the dialogue but Indian repression in the territory must end first before the initiation of talks process.
The resistance leaders in a joint statement issued in Srinagar termed the puppet Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti’s assertion that the Hurriyat leadership was shying away from participating in the dialogue process as mischievous and misleading.
They said that no sane person would oppose a meaningful dialogue process as a means of conflict resolution, especially when the entire population of occupied Kashmir was reeling under grueling repression and paying so dearly. However, they said, the dialogue has to be aimed at settling the Kashmir dispute.
The statement said that instead of creating an atmosphere conducive for engagement if that is the real intent, what Kashmiri people and the resistance leadership instead see is further increase and aggressiveness in military operations like ‘operation all-out’, which is only aimed at killing youth and anyone who protests.
The JRL pointed out that while Mehbooba Mufti calls Maharaja Hari Singh’s so-called accession to India as historic, she advocates dialogue for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in the same breath. “It shows their (pro-India politicians’) duplicity and betrayal to the people. Kashmir dispute has now become 70-year-old whose resolution is best possible by giving the people their basic right of self-determination as was recently suggested by an Indian intellectual, giving reference of Scotland and Ireland,” it said.
The leaders said, an alternative way to resolution of the issue can also be a sustained, transparent and meaningful dialogue process where all three parties – India, Pakistan and the representatives of Kashmiris – come together to reach a solution acceptable to all the stakeholders. We have always welcomed a sustained and meaningful dialogue for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute as per the wishes of Kashmiri people, who are the main stakeholders of the dispute, they added.
“We should be also be released and allowed to reach out to families of those whose loved ones are killed by Indian forces. Turning entire Srinagar into a military fortress, especially on every Friday, should be stopped. An end should be put to targeting of masjids, shrines and now also educational institutions of Kashmir,” they added.
“If Mehbooba Mufti really means what she says and has a heart, she should ensure these things are done and an atmosphere is created where one can see and feel that some semblance of humanity is restored and people’s and leadership’s faith in dialogue will also be restored and we can move forward towards peace,” the JRL said.