Police vehicles blocking the entrance of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq as he continues to be under house arrest for the third consecutive week in Srinagar on May 20, 2024. Photo/Mirwaiz Manzil


SRINAGAR: All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq remembered and paid glowing tributes to the assassinated separatist leaders, Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammed Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone, on the eve of their death anniversary and warned against “belligerence and violence” over the vexed Kashmir issue.

A statement released by the spokesman of the APHC said, “The Hurriyat stands firm in its approach of dealing with the conflict, which has severely affected the people of J&K for decades. The way forward is dialogue among stakeholders. Peace, stability and security of the region will naturally follow. Belligerence and violence will only keep the pot boiling.”

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq’s father was killed by gunmen in 1990 inside his residence, the J&K Peoples Conference leader Sajad Lone’s father Abdul Ghani Lone was assassinated on the death anniversary of the senior Mirwaiz Mohammed Farooq in 2002 by gunmen in Srinagar’s Eidgah, where the death anniversary function was organised.

“While their loss can never be compensated, what can be done is to emulate the values they lived by and followed. It was one of humanity, respect, belief in freedom of will and expression, tolerance for differences, engagement, safeguarding of minority rights and striving for justice. The Hurriyat tried to observe these principles in its functioning and while engaging for the resolution of the Kashmir conflict,” the APHC statement said.

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