Srinagar, May 31 : Asserting that India and Pakistan have to acknowledge and address the unresolved political problem in the valley, moderate Hurriyat Conference (HC) chairman Mirwaiz Moulvi Omar Farooq said Hurriyat would support any initiative aimed to resolve Kashmir issue.
“Hurriyat is willing to support every such initiative which is aimed at peaceful resolution of the dispute keeping in view the sentiments and aspirations of the people of Kashmir who are the main stakeholders of the issue,” Mirwaiz said while addressing Jumat-ul-Vida, last Friday of Holy month of Ramazan, congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid.
Mirwaiz said as people of India overwhelmingly voted for Narendra Modi and his party back into power, this mandate gives him the opportunity and the power to play a decisive role in the resolution of the long-pending Kashmir issue.
The Hurriyat chairman said he believes that this issue cannot be resolved militarily or through confrontation but by dialogue and deliberations. “Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s repeated offer of dialogue on all issues between India and Pakistan, including on the Kashmir issue, should be seriously considered by the new dispensation in New Delhi as the way forward,” he said.
Mirwaiz said today all Kashmiris irrespective of their organizational affiliations are speaking in one voice about the urgent need for resolution of the issue. “So it is an opportune time to initiate political processes which enables and facilitates conflict resolution,” he added.
Mirwaiz said during their engagement with former Prime Ministers -- Vajpayee and Manmohan Singh -- Hurriyat had put forward certain substantial measures to both India and Pakistan as a precursor to serious negotiations.
“Both at that time we had agreed to implement these steps to prepare ground for serious negotiations, including revocation of Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) and other black laws, gradual demilitarization, prisoner release and initiation of a process to narrow differences between the parties to the dispute,” he claimed.
Mirwaiz said these measures hold true even today when the situation has allegedly further deteriorated. He said if these steps are initiated by both sides it will bring relief to the people of Kashmir and an atmosphere for sincere engagement among all stakeholders will be created for a permanent resolution. (UNI)