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Pak-based militants ‘thieves’
|"Pakistani militants are ‘virtual thieves’ who used the Kashmir cause for their benefit," said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, former Hurriyat Conference chairman. He was quoted as saying in the Time magazine’s latest edition which also named him as one of the 25 ‘outstanding Asians’ for being a moderate and pragmatic voice for peace in Jammu and Kashmir. Umar Farooq is second such leader after Abdul Ghani Lone to become vocal against the Pakistan-based militants fighting for an independent Kashmir free from Indian domination.
Being equally vocal against both Indian security forces and Pakistan-based militants, the Mirwaiz has been reported as saying that the security forces in Kashmir are ‘killers with license,’ and that the Pak militant groups are ‘thieves using Kashmir conflict to solicit funds, of which almost nothing is passed to the people.’ Besides, Farooq has also taken fundamentalist elements to task saying, "I don’t see a balance between Islam and modernisation anywhere."
Mirwaiz Umer Farooq is the religious head of Muslims in Kashmir, and is presently drawing flak for his Dubai meeting with chairman of Pakistan’s Kashmir Council, Sardar Abdul Qayoom Khan, along with another senior Hurriyat leader Abdul Ghani Lone. "Some people say we must join Pakistan, others say that we must have independence. I am not going to set any target that another side can dismiss outright. I will go for any solution that restores our dignity," the Mirwaiz was quoted as saying in
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