No out-of-box K-solution: Pak
Geelani, Mirwaiz Meet Hina
Srinagar, July 26: Pakistan Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday said that no out-of-box solution including Musharraf’s four-point formula was under their consideration for resolving the Kashmir issue.
While Syed Ali Shah Geelani remarked “we are not in hurry,” Mirwaiz Umar Farooq called for involvement of Kashmiris in dialogue process during their separate meetings with the Pakistan FM in New Delhi this evening.
“We will neither make any compromise nor succumb to any pressure for resolving Kashmir dispute with India. No out-of-box formula including former President Parvez Musharraf’s 4-point formula was under our consideration for resolving the issue,” Hurriyat (G) spokesman Ayaz Akbar quoted Pakistan Foreign Minister as saying during their 2-hour meeting at Pakistan High Commission.
The three-member delegation of the conglomerate comprising Syed Ali Shah Geelani, Muhammad Shafi Reshi and Ayaz Akbar, was assured by Pakistan FM that their focus during the talks with India would remain on Kashmir.
Akbar said that Geelani told Hina that they are not in hurry for resolving Kashmir issue.
“We realize the changing global scenario and internal situation in Pakistan. But we want to make it clear that we don’t want any step to be taken in haste which would be against the sentiments and aspirations of Kashmiris,” Geelani said.
Geelani further apprised the FM that Kashmiris wouldn’t accept any out-of-box solution which is in contravention to the right to self-determination struggle.
“We wouldn’t accept any solution on communal lines. Kashmir is not a border dispute but an issue concerning the future of one crore 30 lakh residents,” Geelani said.
Saying that he was not against India–Pakistan dialogue, the veteran pro-freedom leader, according to the spokesman, called for involvement of Kashmiris in the talks.
Akbar further said that Geelani was invited by Hina to visit Pakistan after Ramadhan.
On the occasion, he said, the pro-freedom leader also presented his autobiography ‘Wular Kinaray’ to the Foreign Minister, Foreign Secretary Salman Bashir and Pakistan High Commissioner to New Delhi Shahid Malik.
Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi, Hurriyat (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said during his meeting with the Pakistan Foreign Minister, he stressed on involving Kashmiris in dialogue process.
“We told her that we welcome dialogue process between India and Pakistan but Kashmiris should be involved to legitimize the process,” he said.
Mirwaiz said he also asked the FM that Pakistan should play its role in pressurizing India to accept their demands like demilitarization, revocation of controversial laws and releasing of detainees.
“We also informed them that we are not against confidence building measures on trade and travel, but it is high time for initiation of political measures on Kashmir,” he said.
The pro-freedom leader said they were invited by the FM to visit Pakistan for “devising strategy for taking the freedom movement to its logical conclusion.”
Prof. Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Aga Syed Hassan, Mukthar Ahmad Waza and Musadiq Adil were accompanying Mirwaiz.
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