Srinagar. Hurriyat Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was released from house arrest on Friday after more than four years. He was kept in custody for opposing the abrogation of Article 370. Mirwaiz led prayers at Jamia Masjid in Srinagar. Where he appealed to resolve the Kashmir issue through negotiation. He said we have always asked our learned brothers to go back to the valley. Mirwaiz lamented that despite being in favor of peace, it was unfortunate that he was labeled as ‘anti-national, anti-peace and separatist’.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was arrested on August 4, 2019, a day before the abrogation of Article 370. Mirwaiz urged Kashmiri Pandits to return to their homes, reports The Times of India. “We have always invited our scholar brothers to come back to the valley,” he said. He often became emotional during speeches and had tears in his eyes. Mirwaiz said that Kashmir may be a regional issue for many people, but for the people of the region it is the ‘most pressing humanitarian issue’ that should be resolved through dialogue.
According to Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the Hurriyat believes that ‘one part of Jammu and Kashmir belongs to India and the other two to Pakistan and China. By merging them completely, Jammu and Kashmir will be complete, as it was on 14 August 1947. The Hurriyat chief referred to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s statement on the Ukraine conflict that ‘this is not an age of war.’ He said this sentiment was also true of Kashmir. “We have always believed in and participated in efforts to resolve through alternative rather than violent means, which are the path of dialogue and reconciliation. We have had to suffer personally to adopt this path.
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Mirwaiz said that after August 5, 2019, people faced tough times as special identity of Jammu and Kashmir was taken away and it was divided into two Union Territories. He described his detention as the most difficult phase of his life after his father’s death. “But I was forced to go to court and yesterday senior officials told me that I will be released,” Mirwaiz said. Mirwaiz approached the Jammu and Kashmir High Court on September 15, which sought a response from the government within four weeks.