Srinagar, June 12, 2016 (PPI-OT): In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, condemning the atrocities being carried on the people of Kashmir, termed the silence of Indian civil society and intellectuals as most unfortunate.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was talking to founder of the Art of Living Foundation, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, who called on him at his residence in Srinagar.
During the meeting, the Mirwaiz, while praising contributions of Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in the social field, said the ongoing situation in Kashmir was worrisome and the plans that the authorities were trying to implement in the territory were anti-Kashmir and against the collective interests of the people.
He informed Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that peaceful activities of the resistance leadership of Kashmir were being curtailed through their arrests and restrictions on their movement and it had become a routine matter. He said this was being done to cow down the people and alter the demographic and disputed nature of Jammu and Kashmir.
Talking about return of Kashmiri Pandits, the Mirwaiz told the guest that Kashmiri Pandits were an integral part of Kashmiri society and that the Hurriyet forum had always stood for their dignified return to the Valley.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that it was unfortunate that even the humanitarian issue was being politicized by certain vested interests and an impression was being created that Kashmiri Pandits were not safe among Kashmiri Muslims which was far from reality.
Urging the visiting dignitary to inform the Indian public opinion about the real situation of Kashmir and clear their misconceptions spread by various media outlets of India with vested interests, the Mirwaiz said they never highlight the real Kashmir situation and instead mislead the people of India about the real issues, creating bad blood and misconceptions among them, which needed to be removed.
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