Kashmiris demand Peace Talks
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Chairman of the All Parties Huryat Conference in occupied Kashmir, has hailed the informal meeting of the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India at Mohali last month and demanded inclusion of Kashmiris in the dialogue process. The Pakistani Premier was invited by his Indian counterpart to watch the much-anticipated World Cup Semi Final between the two countries played at Mohali.
In an interview with Radio Pakistan, Mirwaiz said resumption of talks between the two countries, which remained suspended for some time, augurs well but there is an urgent need to take this process into a positive direction.
He regretted that India believes in status quo and that is why bilateral talks in the past did not lead to any tangible progress towards resolution of the core issues including Jammu and Kashmir.
Asked what he expects from Pakistan in the talks, the Chairman APHC said India should not be seen to be dictating the entire process and Pakistan should shun its apologetic attitude. Instead, Pakistan should put across its point of view in a forceful manner.
He also emphasized that there can be no meaningful progress without inclusion of Kashmiris in the dialogue process and if there is any problem in the tripartite arrangement then Pakistan and India should talk to Kashmiris separately.