No breakthrough in Pakistan, India talks sans Kashmiris: Mirwaiz
SRINAGAR—In occupied Kashmir, the Chairman of his own Hurriyet forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that no breakthrough is possible in Pakistan-India relations without involvement of Kashmiris in the dialogue process for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq was reacting to Indian Foreign Minister, Sushma Swaraj’s statement that India wants to resolve all issues with Pakistan through bilateral talks.
The Mirwaiz in a statement in Srinagar said that the Hurriyet leadership and people of Kashmir had always stood for better relations between New Delhi and Islamabad and the settlement of all the pending issues through dialogue. However, regarding the Kashmir dispute, no breakthrough is expected without the involvement of Kashmiris as it involves their political future and aspirations, he added. The Hurriyet leader expressed the hope that the leadership of both the countries would recognize the reality and evolve proper mechanism to include the people of Kashmir and Hurriyet leadership in any ensuing dialogue process over Kashmir.
Meanwhile, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is also head of Jammu and Kashmir Awami Action Committee (AAC), on the occasion of its 52nd Founding Day, said that the organization had always represented the wishes and aspirations of the people. “The role of AAC leadership in the ongoing struggle for the right to self-determination and sacrifices of its workers is an illuminating chapter in Kashmir’s contemporary history,” the Mirwaiz said, addressing a gathering of AAC leaders, activists and delegates from various districts of Jammu and Kashmir at party headquarters in Srinagar.
He termed the election process in the territory as a futile exercise, saying the Hurriyet has in the past rejected the process as Jammu and Kashmir is a disputed territory, the future of which has to be decided by the people of the land as per their wishes and aspirations. On the occasion, the Mirwaiz released a book ‘Nida-e-Hurriyet’, a compilation of sermons of martyred Mirwaiz Molvi Muhammad Farooq.
Hurriyet leaders,Shabbir Ahmed Dar, Muhammad Ahsan Untoo, Muhammad Iqbal Mir, Imtiyaz Reshi and Ghulam Nabi War in a meeting while Farida Bahenji and Muhammad Ramzan Khan in their statements in Srinagar criticized Sushma Swaraj’s statement on Kashmir. They said that India had always used bilateral talks to delay settlement of the Kashmir dispute. They added that involvement of the genuine Kashmiri leadership with the dialogue process between Pakistan and India was essential for settling the lingering dispute.—KMS