No break­through in Pak­istan, In­dia talks sans Kash­miris: Mir­waiz

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

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

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