Srinagar, Sep 22: Expressing serious concern over the plight of Rohingya Muslims, APHC chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that thousands of Rhongya Muslims have been forced to flee their homes in Mayanmar and are living in miserable conditions in various refugee camps with European Union and United Nations lodging strong protest over their conditions while as the approach adopted by the Government of India over the issue reflects “double standards.”
Addressing Friday gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid here after two weeks, Mirwaiz said the approach adopted by the GoI towards Rohingya Muslims is unfortunate stating that on one hand, Rohingya Muslims are labelled as illegal immigrants and considered as a danger for India, and on the other hand, Chamkha and Tibetan people who landed in India are being given refugee status. The refugees from Chamkha and Tibet are being provided every sort of help by the Government of India while as Rohingya Muslims are labelled as threat to country. Why these double standards?
Mirwaiz said labelling Rohingya Muslims with the terror reflects the ill mindset of Government of India as the fact remains that they being the Muslims are being forced to leave India. They are being deported just for the fact that they are Muslims, Mirwaiz said. He said that the treatment meted out to Rohingya Muslims is clear violation of basic principles of humanitarian laws established to protect humans in trouble irrespective of their religious affiliations.
Welcoming the recent session of Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) at United Nations, in which many resolutions vis-a-vis Kashmir issue were passed, Mirwaiz said since he too was invited by the OIC to participate in the session but in absence of his travel documents, he couldn’t make it to UN.
Mirwaiz said the stand taken by the OIC by advocating right to self determination for the people of Kashmir is a morale booster for the people of Kashmir. Mirwaiz said Kashmiri people always yearned for peace and wanted better relations between the two nuclear powers, India and Pakistan as it is the people of Kashmir who always suffer whenever the two countries are at loggerheads.
Mirwaiz said that Government of India should acknowledge the fact that the Kashmir struggle can’t be muzzled by using military might and it’s high time to accept the ground realities and resolve the issue as per the wishes and aspirations of people. Mirwaiz said that the Indian leadership must change its stubborn approach and take concrete and sincere steps towards settlement of Kashmir issue which is taking a serious toll on human lives.
Mirwaiz also welcomed the statement of Pakistan Prime Minister at UN wherein he has strongly supported implementation of UN resolutions for resolving Kashmir and condemned the human rights violations in Kashmir. Mirwaiz said that stand adopted by the Pakistan at the international levels, provides major relief to the people of J&K.
Mirwaiz expressed serious concern over the growing social evils in the society terming it hazardous for the Kashmir as a conservative society if not prevented on time. Mirwaiz said in every area, in coloration with the local masjids and area elders, a social reform campaign has to be started to ensure social evils are eradicated from the society before the situation turns ugly.