Hur­riy­ats urge Kash­mir in­clu­sion in Indo-Pak talks

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

SRI­NA­GAR—Re­act­ing to the meet­ing be­tween In­dian and Pak­istan for­eign sec­re­taries in New Delhi, both fac­tions of Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day un­der­lined the need to ad­dress Kash­mir in the di­a­logue pro­cesses be­tween the two coun­tries.

In a state­ment is­sued here, Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (G) said un­til Kash­mir is­sue is ad­dressed and re­solved as per the wishes and as­pi­ra­tions of its peo­ple, the meet­ings be­tween the coun­tries would con­tinue to prove fu­tile.

“We nei­ther op­pose the di­a­logue process nor are we against the friendly Indo-Pak ties but de­mand Kash­mir is­sue be pri­ori­tised in the talks,” a spokesman of the con­glom­er­ate said.

He said more than 150 talks be­tween the two neigh­bour­ing na­tions “couldn’t im­prove the re­la­tions be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan”.

“It is im­pos­si­ble for both na­tions to side­line Kash­mir as it is not any bor­der dis­pute be­tween them but the fu­ture of about 15 mil­lion peo­ple. Even both coun­tries have pledged be­fore the world com­mu­nity that no out­side so­lu­tion would be thrust upon Kash­miris who are the sole de­ci­sion mak­ers of this ter­ri­tory and that their de­ci­sion would be ac­cept­able to both In­dia and Pak­istan,” he said.

The spokesper­son urged the prime min­is­ters of both coun­tries to shun the tra­di­tional ways and take coura­geous ini­tia­tive to­wards re­solv­ing the long­stand­ing Kash­mir dis­pute.

Terming the move as a wel­come step, Hur­riyat Con­fer­ence (M) ex­pressed hope that both coun­tries would ini­ti­ate a mean­ing­ful di­a­logue process to re­solve all pend­ing is­sue in­clud­ing Kash­mir.

A Hur­riyat (M) spokesper­son in a state­ment is­sued here said that con­glom­er­ate has al­ways favoured di­a­logue as the ef­fec­tive way to re­solve all is­sue be­tween the two neigh­bour­ing coun­tries “in­clud­ing the all-important Kash­mir is­sue”.

“The con­glom­er­ate hopes that the meet­ing be­tween the Indo-Pak for­eign sec­re­taries would help in cre­at­ing the re­quired peace­ful at­mos­phere and re­move the air of mis­trust be­tween them so that the di­a­logue process could move ahead,” he said.

Terming the state­ment of the Pak­istani for­eign sec­re­tary about Kash­mir be­ing the core is­sue as fac­tual, the spokesper­son said, “Kash­mir is the ba­sic is­sue be­tween In­dia and Pak­istan which needs to be ad­dressed in the di­a­logue pro­cesses be­tween the two coun­tries.”—KR

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