Indo-Pak talks’ failure inevitable: Safi
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
Islamabad, July 18: The convener of All Parties Hurriyat Conference (G) Ghulam Muhammad Safi has said that Indo-Pak talks failure was inevitable as it lacked political will on the part of India to address the long-pending Kashmir dispute.
“Since plebiscite was not held in the territory, people were not allowed to express their wishes and aspirations and therefore the state still awaits a referendum under the auspices of United Nations,” he said adding the elections held there could in no way be the substitute to Kashmiris’ right to self-determination.
“The mass movement in Kashmir is purely indigenous intended to get our birth-right guaranteed by world community besides the leadership of India and Pakistan,” Safi said addressing reporters at Islamabad Press Club on Sunday.
Citing Arundati Roy and Vir Sanghvi, he said that saner elements in India had realized the fact that Kashmiris were fighting for a legitimate cause.
He alleged that Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi had failed to advocate Kashmiris’ case during the recent talks with his Indian counterpart.
“No doubt Qureshi touched the human aspect, which is one of the dimensions of Kashmir dispute, but he did not talk about the real issue that is Kashmiris’ basic right, the right to self-determination”, he said.
To a question, he said that the APHC-G believes in tripartite talks to settle the dispute of Kashmir.
Speaking on the occasion, senior Kashmiri leader, Muhammad Farooq Rehmani, said that the Pak-administered Kashmir government should give a call to express solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
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