Will try to break ice on Kashmir in Pak: Mirwaiz

Hurriyat (M) Concludes Feedback Exercise

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Dec 12: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Wednesday said the amalgam will put in its best to break ice on ‘institutionalizing the dialogue with active participation of Kashmiris’ during its Pakistan visit. He said Kashmir issue had to be resolved as status quo was ‘no more acceptable to Hurriyat leadership.’
He also said the visiting delegation of the amalgam will urge Pakistan to speed up its support to Kashmiris so that India would feel pressure for initiating a meaningful dialogue for the solution of Kashmir issue. Addressing the participants of Srinagar, Ganderbal and Budgam districts during the last feedback session at Hurriyat (M) headquarters here, Mirwaiz said, “Let me make it clear that we don’t want status quo to continue. We want to go to Pakistan to make the dialogue process vibrant. We will also try to break the ice in Pakistan by trying our best to institutionalize the dialogue process. Kashmir issue has to be on top of the Indo-Pak talks agenda with active participation of Kashmiris.”
He said the process of briefing the Pakistan leadership should not stop with one single visit of Hurriyat leaders. “They should continue to receive feedback from us. That will also help us know the fresh stance of Pakistan government towards Kashmir,” Mirwaiz said. “Though it is a known fact that Pakistan has been supporting us diplomatically and morally, but it is high time to move towards settlement of Kashmir issue.”
He said Kashmir is not witnessing the situations that unfolded in 1947, 1975 and 1984. “There is no question of sell out this time,” the Hurriyat (M) chairman said. “Giving statements that Hurriyat’s Pakistan visit is futile amounts to lack of knowledge as people are aware of every development. We will be going to Pakistan as sacrifices offered by people are our real strength.” He, however, said solution won’t come overnight but “a process has to be set in motion to achieve the goal.”
He said Hurriyat was forced to convene closed-door feedback sessions as J&K government doesn’t allow the amalgam to reach out to people in villages and districts. “The mission, the struggle, belongs to people. We have tried to remain in touch with the masses despite curbs on us,” Mirwaiz said. He said though there are international guidelines vis-a-vis Kashmir issue but Hurriyat wanted more options to explore as well. “Any solution has to be according to the wishes and aspirations of people,” he said.
The Hurriyat leaders faced tough questions from the participants. “It is not that you are the only people who represent the people’s sentiments. Every Kashmiri is a leader,” said Doctors Association President Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan. “Kashmir is not fighting a battle for chair. It is a mission we are fighting for. The process should not be confined to giving sermons and holding deliberations as actions speak louder than words,” he said.
Dr Nisar also questioned Hurriyat (M) leaders how they were ‘living in palatial houses’ while a common man was not having more than a single room to live in. “We should not blame Kashmiris for faults. It were the leaders who became traitors. Kashmiris have offered sacrifices of the chastity of their daughters and mothers, what else do you need?” he told the Hurriyat (M) leaders.
General Secretary, Kashmir Economic Alliance, Siraj Ahmed posed a question as to why the Hurriyat (M) leaders had security cover when common man was living under constant threat. “The Hurriyat leaders have to revive their roots that have been lost. You have to bear in mind that people do come in large queues to cast votes despite your boycott calls,” he said. Ahmed also asked the Hurriyat leaders to take care of the victims of conflict. “There has been no strategy by the Hurriyat leaders on this front so far,” he said. “We also believe that dialogue is the only option but talks have to be result-oriented.”
Many participants maintained that there was no alternative to dialogue. “We have to keep talking till solution comes. Sitting idle won’t fetch us a solution,” they said.
The Hurriyat (M) held five feedback sessions over the past month with a cross section of society from all districts of Kashmir. The sessions were coordinated by Advocate Shahid-ul-Islam, personal secretary to Mirwaiz.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 12 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 13 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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