Centre not making serious attempt to resolve crisis: Hurriyat

A day after an all party delegation reached out to separatists here, moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference today accused the Centre of not making a serious effort to address the Kashmir issue.

Last Updated: Sep 22, 2010, 00:47 AM IST

Srinagar: A day after an all party delegation reached out to separatists here, moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference today accused the Centre of not making a serious effort to address the Kashmir issue saying talks were not possible in a coercive atmosphere.

"The Indian government is making no serious attempt to
address the (Kashmir) issue. They are not in any serious
manner even acknowledging our suffering, but continue to use
more and more force and structured repression to suppress our
movement," Chairman of the faction Mirwaiz Umer Farooq said in
a letter to Embassies and High Commissions of several
countries in the National Capital.

While the Hurriyat Conference was for a meaningful
dialogue for the resolution of Kashmir issue, talks cannot be
held in a coercive atmosphere, the Mirwaiz said in his letter
written to foreign diplomats in delhi on the occasion of
`world day for peace`.

"We believe that dialogue can be an alternative way for
the resolution of the issue. However, dialogue can be possible
only if conditions are created for it. Dialogue cannot happen
under coercion with a gun pointed at us," he said.

The Mirwaiz also alleged that the entire population of
the Valley was being subjected to collective punishment for
pursuing their just cause for the resolution of Kashmir issue.

"Due to extreme repressive measures being used by the
state forces a humanitarian crisis is fast developing here and
in many parts of Jammu, with unprecedented day and night
curfew, acute shortage of medicine, milk, and even baby food,
obstruction in the movement of ambulances, doctors, medical
staff and shortage of blood and life saving drugs in
hospitals," he said in the letter.

He claimed that the "repressive measures" of the
government were fuelling anger among the people of Kashmir and
increasing the danger of the situation getting out of hand.

Seeking intervention of the international community,
Mirwaiz urged foreign diplomats to use their good offices to
influence the Centre to put an end to the use of "brute force"
and address the issue through a political initiative in line
with the aspirations and sacrifices of generations of Kashmiri
people.

"When the world community is observing this day, for
the 15 million people of Jammu and Kashmir peace continues to
remain a distant dream," he said.

PTI