Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday asked New Delhi to shun what it called its war rant following the Pulwama attack that left 49 troopers dead.
“…even after wars are fought, issues are still resolved through dialogue on negotiation table,” he said.
Addressing the Friday congregational gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said that Kashmiri people will never follow the politics of polarization or communal hatred.
He said they would continue to protect the non-local residents despite the attacks on Kashmiri students, businessmen and shawl traders in various parts of India. “A non-local resident living in Kashmir is as safe as a common Kashmiri citizen,” he said.
Mirwaiz said that New Delhi must shun its approach of beating drums of engaging with a war with Pakistan. “Wars were fought in the past. History is witness that even after deadly wars were fought, the final solution to the disputes was found by means of dialogue with all parties on the negotiation table,” Mirwaiz said.
He said members of the Sikh community should be applauded for opening their hearts to Kashmiris who faced mob attacks in various parts of India. “I am thankful to Khalsa aid for opening Gurdwaras and managing vehicles for Kashmiris to travel back to their homes,” he said.