No change in ground situation: Mirwaiz


Srinagar, Apr 13: A day after Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai said that India is willing to advance talks with Pakistan and discuss Kashmir issue, chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq on Friday said that their words and action do not match as there is no change in ground situation.
 “These meetings have just become events; otherwise it should be a process. India is not even ready to take some Confidence Building Measures. There is no change in ground situation. Contacts between the two countries have been from a long time, but there is no headway,” Mirwaiz said while addressing Friday congregation at Historic Jamia Masjid in old city of Srinagar.
 “It is just a drama until a common man does not feel a change on the ground,” he added.
 Lambasting the government of downplaying their proposal regarding CBMs in 2006, Mirwaiz said, “It is need of the hour to repeal black laws and demilitarize the state.”
 Taking a dig at the Center for ‘double-speak’, Mirwaiz said, “The words of Foreign Minister and Home Minister of India don’t match. It exposes the difference between their intentions and acts.”
 However Mirwaiz welcomed the recent talks between India and Pakistan, “We support the move which brings two nations together. Kashmir can only be solved if the two countries come close to each other. However both the countries should look for serious engagement. We are not against trade and other relations between the countries, but there should be some change in the ground situation of Kashmir also.”

Lastupdate on : Fri, 13 Apr 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 13 Apr 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 14 Apr 2012 00:00:00 IST

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