Srinagar, May 14: Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Ghulam Mohammad Bhat has sought release of political prisoners particularly Hurriyat leaders for restoration of peace in the State.
In an exclusive interview with “The Kashmir Magazine” the Jamaat Chief said that government by imposing restrictions on the political activities of the Hurriyat leaders has given an opportunity to the angered youth to take decisions on their own.
Explaining his argument on the lead role taken by youth Bhat said “When leadership has been jailed and restrictions are imposed on the political activities of the dissenting voices, the youth take decisions on their own. The political detentions have largely contributed to the current crisis in Kashmir,” said Bhat, who was re-elected as Jamaat-e-Islami Chief in August 2015 this year after the completion of the term of Jamaat presidency by Mohammad Abdullah Wani.
In reply to a question Bhat said “the Kashmir dispute should be resolved to respect the wishes and aspirations of the people and avoid a major confrontation between nuclear-armed India and Pakistan”.
Kashmir resolution is the only way to give people of the divided parts of Jammu & Kashmir an opportunity to decide their political destiny.
All the parties, India, Pakistan and Kashmir, to the dispute must be involved to find a solution which is acceptable to all of us” Bhat said.
On the increasing militancy in the state, the Jamaat Chief said ‘militants want resolution to the dispute. We are not in a position to talk about militancy or advise them over the issues concerning the dispute. We will always insist resolution of the issue through a composite dialogue process. The militants too want resolution of the issue. Once they find that the issue is being resolved through dialogue, they will also show respect for the dialogue” (KNS)