Hurriyat for resolving Kashmir in 2010
Have Forwarded Six-Point Proposal To Delhi
Srinagar, Jan 1: Srinagar, Jan 1: Accusing Delhi of projecting the November 2008 Mumbai attacks as an excuse to stay away from dialogue with Pakistan, the moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference today asked both the countries to remove mistrust and resolve all issues, including Kashmir dispute, this year.
“We don’t want another year (2010) to go down in the history of the sub-continent like previous years of mistrust and violence,” Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said while addressing the Friday congregation at Srinagar’s historic Jamia Masjid today.
“We want the year to be remembered as one of friendship between the two countries, during which all the issues, including Kashmir, are settled,” Mirwaiz said and added that India and Pakistan must forget about their mistrust and move forward in to resolve all the issues.
“Mistrust between India and Pakistan won’t end till Kashmir dispute is solved according to aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir. However, New Delhi’s stubborn approach is hampering the peace process,” Mirwaiz said and added if New Delhi thinks that it can keep Kashmir by force, it is mistaken.
Welcoming Pakistan Prime Minister Syed Yousuf Raza Gilani’s statement for resumption of the composite dialogue with India, Mirwaiz said: “Islamabad’s assertion for dialogue shows its sincerity towards peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue. Though Pakistan is facing internal crisis, they still want to carry forward the dialogue process,” he said and added that India should avail this opportunity and come forward without further wastage of time. “The world powers should also play their role in this regard,” he said.
Mirwaiz, who is scheduled to meet Pakistan National Assembly Speaker, Fahmeeda Mirza and Deputy Chairman of the Senate Farooq Nayak, in New Delhi on January 6, said, “Kashmiris want peace and development in both India and Pakistan. But it is unfortunate that Kashmir is being treated like a border dispute. Most of the Indians see Kashmir in national interest perspective. They don’t know the reality which is unfortunate.”
“When people in Europe travel on one visa and world is coming closer and borders are becoming irrelevant, Kashmiri families live divided across LoC. Till Kashmiris aren’t given right to self-determination, peace will elude South Asia,” Mirwaz said.
He said that Hurriyat has forwarded a six-point proposal to New Delhi to create a congenial atmosphere for dialogue.
The proposal includes complete withdrawal of troops, release of detainees, revocation of armed forces special powers act (AFSPA) and easy travel across Line of Control.
Lashing out at the atrocities allegedly committed by the paramilitary CRPF troopers in north Kashmir’s Sopur town on Thursday, Mirwaiz said, “Troops have let loose a reign of terror in Sopur. They ruthlessly beat up people of all ages and ransacked houses. It is highly condemnable,” he added.
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Jan 2010 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 1 Jan 2010 18:30:00 GMT
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