In Muzaffarabad, Mirwaiz pitches for JK’s unification

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Srinagar/Muzaffarabad, Dec 16: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Sunday advocated “unification of two Kashmirs as a single entity” and urged India and Pakistan to organize an intra-Kashmir conference so that people of the divided parts of Kashmir could meet frequently.
 Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone from Muzaffarabad Mirwaiz said, “We started our visit from Pakistan administered Kashmir (PaK). We received an overwhelming response here. The main thing is that there is no difference in the thinking of PaK leadership and Hurriyat leadership. They supported our stand and extended full cooperation to us.”
 He said during his interaction with the PaK leadership, he stated that Hurriyat wanted unification of two divided parts of Kashmir to see JK as a single entity. “The PaK leadership fully endorsed our stand,” Mirwaiz said.
 Earlier speaking at a function, hosted by PaK President Sardar Muhammad Yaqoob Khan, at Muzaffarabad Mirwaiz said: “Talks between India and Pakistan are incomplete without the involvement of Kashmiris. We want to move forward and serve as a bridge of friendship between the two neighbours. But that is possible only when the demands of justice are met.”
 The function was attended by Prime Minister Chaudhry Abdul Majeed, members of his cabinet, government officials and civil society representatives. 
 Earlier, both the PaK President and Prime Minister welcomed the Hurriyat delegation members on behalf of the government and people of PaK and during an meeting hailed them for their perseverance, commitment and contribution towards Kashmir cause.
 Prior to the address of the Mirwaiz, the delegation was also given a briefing with the help of multi media on development and reconstruction related activities in PaK.
 In his elaborate speech, the articulate Mirwaiz dilated on various dimensions of Kashmir issue, emphasising attention to the genuine aspirations of Kashmiri people for the sake of real peace.
 “The pro-freedom leadership of Kashmir is unanimous that Kashmir is a political and humanitarian issue that ought to be resolved in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people,” he declared.
 He pointed out that the Kashmiri people did have grievances, like other citizens elsewhere in the world, but what mattered the most for them were their aspirations, which need to be addressed for establishment of durable peace in their motherland.
 He made it clear that the issue could not be brushed aside with economic packages or other incentives.
 “We are not averse to the way India and Pakistan are making progress in their relations and in fact we want the trust deficit between them to end,” he said, but questioned: “Can this deficit be removed without addressing the core issue?”
 Asserting that without settlement of Kashmir issue, peace process would halt beyond a certain point, he said it was incumbent upon the Pakistani and PaK leadership to devise a mechanism to ensure that more Kashmir related Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) were taken and strengthened along side progress on other issues.
 While appreciating people to people contact and travel and trade initiatives and calling for their furtherance, he underlined the need of resolution of all dimensions of Kashmir issue.
 “Time has come when barriers and distances between both parts of Kashmir should end. Only then, we will believe that the positive outcome of dialogue between Pakistan and India is being reflected in Kashmir.”
 He expressed hope that India would bring flexibility in its approach and attitude, instead of escaping from the settlement of Kashmir issue.
 “India should not go for superficial or cosmetic peace but take concrete steps to settle the issue amicably,” he stressed.
 The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman insisted that Kashmir’s movement could not be suppressed or weakened through the military might.
 “Kashmiri youth is attached with the movement. Just one flare can bring hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris back to the streets,” he warned.
 Supporting trans-Kashmir travel of Kashmiri leadership, he said: “We have to tell the world in conjunction that without settlement of Kashmir issue the dream of peace, progress and prosperity will never materialize.”
 “This visit is (part of) a process. Just one or two visits will not resolve the issue but it will send a message that real party has to be taken on board and will not accept any imposed readymade solution,” he added.
 Later, the delegation was taken to the Kashmiri refugees’ Ambore camp, where Prime Minister Majeed, Mirwaiz Umar and Bilal Gani Lone appreciated them for their struggle and sacrifices which they said would soon bear fruit.
 The delegation also visited the recently established public sector medical college in Muzaffarabad, named after Mirwaiz Umar’s father, late Maulvi Muhammad Farooq.
 Late at night, the delegation members attended a dinner at the PM House.
NISAR THOKAR ADDS FROM ISLAMABAD
 Terming Kashmir as a trilateral problem, the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said that it was high time that India and Pakistan should evolve a mechanism whereby Kashmiris could be associated with the ongoing dialogue process as a principal party.
 Talking to Greater Kashmir on his arrival in Islamabad on late Saturday night, Mirwaiz said that dialogue process between the two countries can’t yield desired results without acknowledging the centrality of Kashmiris and the Kashmir problem. In the changing scenario, he said, “We have seen India and Pakistan are moving forward, however, we believe that Kashmiris have to be part of it as the dialogue process between the two countries without Kashmiris is incomplete”.
 “Hurriyat believes that India and Pakistan can’t move much beyond a certain point unless Kashmir is on the agenda of dialogue process. Just talking trade and culture and forgetting the important issue of Kashmir, I think, won’t really help the two countries to move much ahead”, he said.
 Referring to the changing world scenario, he said, “We have seen quite promising developments around the world, Palestine, Arab Spring and you know the world is acknowledging the fact that genuine movements can’t be suppressed through force, intimidation or through repressive measures”.
 Regarding Hurriyat’s Pak sojourn, Mirwaiz said: “The basic objective of our visit here is to meet people, talk to political parties, political leaders and interact with them so that a broader consensus on the issue of Kashmir could be forged through a process of meaningful discussions and interactions.”
 Bearing in mind the fact that every political party of Pakistan has a manifesto vis-à-vis Kashmir, Mirwaiz said, “I think it is important that we will be talking to people and listening to their ideas and sharing our views with them at this very stage when general elections in the country were around the corner”.
 “Kashmir is a complex issue, we can’t have over-night solution and neither have we expected that a solution will come out by this visit. It is after five long years Hurriyat has come to Pakistan in a completely new and different scenario and such interactions and engagements I believe would help to create an enabling atmosphere of mutual-understanding,” he added.
 “This is actually a process of interaction; I think it is very important so far as Kashmir is concerned”, he said. “Pakistan has always supported Kashmir cause and our right to self determination but we believe that it is high time that Kashmiris and Pakistani leadership have to be on the same page in terms of how to deal with the emerging situation”.
 Asked whether Hurriyat intends to hold talks with government of India, Mirwaiz said: “Definitely the ball is in Indian court, we have time and again been saying this that Kashmir is not a bilateral issue rather it is a trilateral problem between three parties (Pakistan, India and the people of Kashmir).
 For that matter, he said that in 2007 Hurriyat had suggested the government of India to initiate confidence building measures to create a congenial and conducive atmosphere on ground.”

Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 16 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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