After 57 days under house arrest, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umer Farooq was released and allowed to attend Friday prayers at Jama Masjid in Srinagar. Mirwaiz had been in detention since June 23.

On Friday afternoon, the chairman of the Awami Action Committee tweeted a photo from his official and verified account @MirwaizKashmir and said: “#Housearrest ends after 57 days, spoke at #JamaMasjid. GOI must realise aggression& repression can never resolve anything but only aggravate it.”

Here are some excerpts from his ‘speech’ which he uploaded on social media. He also uploaded a two-minute video with the tweet.

“I don’t want to appeal to Indian politicians or parties, I want to appeal to the people of India…to those people who can understand the pain and hurt and I want to tell them…I want to tell them that Kashmir is not a piece of real estate, Kashmir is not a part of property…this is not a territorial or land dispute between India and Pakistan.

“This is a humanitarian problem…one in which not a couple but thousands of houses have been destroyed…a line has been drawn to separate one part from another. The people of Pakistan and India have celebrated 70 years of their independence this week but the unfortunate people of Jammu Kashmir have been suffering from the past 70 years…do these people not have the right to lead a peaceful life? To celebrate their independence?” he says in the video.

“How long will the violence go on for? How many more people will die? How long will we be targeted for? How long will the innocent people of Kashmir be sacrificed for?”


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