Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, head of the moderate faction of the Hurriyat Conference, on Saturday refuted Chief Minister Omar Abdullah's statement that efforts were being made to link Maoists with Kashmir militants.
Talking to journalists at his residence here, the Mirwaiz said the “struggle for freedom” in Jammu and Kashmir was purely indigenous and it was wrong to link Kashmiris with Naxalites.
The past 20 years and especially the past three years had shown how “indigenous our struggle is.”
The Mirwaiz, who is also a religious leader, has been under house arrest for the past few weeks. “All those children killed by the forces in broad daylight in June this year that led to present uprising were schoolchildren. Our struggle is indigenous and we have time and again showed it.”
Gratitude to Khamenei
The Mirwaiz extended gratitude to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei for his message to Haj pilgrims, in which he appealed to the Muslim elite worldwide to back the “struggle” in Kashmir. “We are happy to know that Iran has joined other countries to seek resolution of Kashmir dispute,” the Mirwaiz said.
He said the Kashmiri separatist leadership appreciated “the statements of China, the United States and Iran about Kashmir and for referring Kashmir as a dispute.”
The Hurriyat leader said he would travel to various cities in the country from next week to mould public opinion in favour of “our genuine struggle.”
He suggested that tripartite talks involving Pakistan, India and Kashmiris would provide a solution to the issue.