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Let Kashmiris tell Modi their 'mann ki baat': Mirwaiz

Press Trust of India  |  Srinagar 

said today that the government should allow the people to assemble at tomorrow so that they could convey their 'mann ki baat' to during his visit.

"Modi all have been listening to your (radio address) 'mann ki baat' for years now. As you come here tomorrow, allow us to peacefully gather at so that you hear our 'mann ki baat'! It's just three words -- Resolve Dispute," the Mirwaiz said in his address to a Friday congregation at here.

Tight security arrangements have been put in place in in view of the prime minister's visit to the state tomorrow.

The Mirwaiz said that the issue was not due to deficit of good governance or lack of development.

"The problem in Kashmir is not administrative in nature related to roads, inaugurating of tunnels, power projects or jobs, that it can be addressed thus nor was it a law and order issue to be handled by repression but it is a dispute directly linked to the political future of tens of millions of citizens of and it needs to be resolved as per the will and aspirations of these people," he said.

"Temporary measures can bear no fruit unless accepts the ground realities in Kashmir," he said while commenting on a month-long unilateral ceasefire announced by the Centre.

The Mirwaiz said goodwill gestures cannot be meant for a month alone but have to be long term and meaningful.

"If really means business it must look at real confidence building measures like demilitarisation and repealing draconian Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act, Public Safety Act. These measures must be followed by the start of a process wherein all the three parties to the dispute India, and the people of Kashmir come together to hammer out a solution acceptable to all in keeping with the will and aspirations of the key party -- the people of J&K," he added.

The will lay the foundation stone of Rs 6,800 crore strategic Zojila tunnel, Asia's longest bi-directional tunnel, in tomorrow.

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First Published: Fri, May 18 2018. 19:55 IST