Hur­riyat lead­ers wel­come move, say Kash­mir is key

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NEW DELHI: Prime Min­is­ter Naren­dra Modi’s sur­prise visit to La­hore was wel­comed by both fac­tions of the Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence, but the sep­a­ratists called for a res­o­lu­tion of the “Kash­mir dis­pute” first.

“I am al­ways in favour of good re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan, but this can only hap­pen if the hu­man prob­lem of the peo­ple of Jammu and Kash­mir is re­solved (sic),” Syed Ali Geelani, leader of the hard­line Hur­riyat fac­tion.

Echo­ing his view, chair­man of the mod­er­ate fac­tion Mir­waiz Umer Fa­rooq said: “It is a pos­i­tive move, a good step and we should wel­come eas­ing of ten­sions be­tween the two coun­tries, but the ba­sic is­sue of Kash­mir will have to be re­solved if the two coun­tries really want to move ahead in good neigh­bourly re­la­tions.” “No­body wants to op­pose peace be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan...,” said Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik, chair­man of the pro-azadi Jammu and

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