In occupied Kashmir, the Hurriyet forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that the people of Kashmir are neither against tourism nor supporters of terrorism but are fighting for a honourable resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
The forum’s statement came in response to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s remarks he made at Udhampur while addressing a function on inauguration of a tunnel, asked the Kashmiri youth to “choose tourism over terrorism”.
“Kashmiris are neither against tourism nor are supporters of terrorism.
They are also not against development and progress but they are seeking honourable resolution of the longstanding Kashmir dispute,” the forum statement added.
“Any articulation cannot change the basic reality of Kashmir being a political issue that needs a political resolution,” the forum said. “Besides focusing on tunnels and roads, Modi should focus on the resolution of the basic issue of Kashmir and start a meaningful dialogue process so as to find a just and agreeable solution of the issue in order to end the human tragedy in Jammu and Kashmir,” it added.—KMS