Srinagar, February 14 (KMS): The Chairman of Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq addressed a panel discussion through a recorded video on “Kashmir-Breaking — The Impasse” held at the Harvard Kennedy School for Business and Government.

The discussion was a part of the two-day India Conference and it was attended by a distinguished audience and large number of students, a statement issued by Mirwaiz-led forum said.

As Mirwaiz’s passport stands impounded, he addressed the gathering through a video message, the statement said. “Addressing the gathering the Mirwaiz presented the Kashmir conflict in its historical and current context and communicated the tremendous pain and suffering that the people of Kashmir are going through at the hands of a hostile and authoritarian state which refuses to acknowledge and resolve the dispute as per its commitments made to them before the world and their political aspirations. Instead it resorts to most brutal and inhuman repression to crush the people’s political aspirations,” the statement added.

Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said that the most simple and democratic way to resolve the conflict was the execution of promised referendum. He said engagement and dialogue among the parties to the dispute, India Pakistan and people of Kashmir, could provide the way of resolution.

Mirwaiz’s address was long and very well received by the audience present there, the statement concluded.


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