Kash­miris de­mand Peace Talks

Southasia - - Briefing - MAL­DIVES

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.

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