Resolution process can’t wait for unity: Mirwaiz

‘Despite Ideological Differences Goal Is Same; Will Ask India, Pak PMs To Discuss Kashmir-Issue In Kashmir’

IN RUN-UP TO PAKISTAN VISIT

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Dec 1: Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Saturday said the Kashmir resolution process can’t be made hostage to unity between various separatist groups and the process has to be carried forward.
Addressing the third phase of the feedback session of civil society members from Islamabad (Anantnag), Pulwama, Shopian and Kulgam at party headquarters here, Mirwaiz said the amalgam doesn’t oppose unity. “But I can’t force someone who wants to remain alone. I can’t pick anybody on my shoulder for unity. We can’t make the struggle and resolution process hostage to unity,” he said.
“The fact remains that we may have ideological differences, but our ultimate goal is one — freedom from India,” he said. The Hurriyat (M) chairman said once a new government is formed Pakistan after elections, he will urge the Prime Ministers of Pakistan and India to discuss Kashmir issue in Kashmir.
About the United Nations (UN) resolutions on Kashmir, Mirwaiz said the resolutions are not vague. “But there is a lot of geo-political change since 1947. There were only two options under UN resolutions in 1947—to go with India or Pakistan. But today, we have many options to explore,” he said.
Mirwaiz said during their upcoming visit to Pakistan, the amalgam will make it clear to the political; leadership there that no bilateral solution can be forced on Kashmiris as world community has accepted in principle that participation of people of Kashmir was must in reaching permanent settlement of the issue.
Mirwaiz said the feedback sessions so far have helped the Hurriyat to think in a broader perspective before meeting political leadership in Pakistan on December 15.
“There is an impression across the globe that Kashmir is a bilateral issue. Despite this, many countries have accepted in principle that the issue can’t be resolved without people of Kashmir on board,” the Hurriyat (M) chairman said and added that even many people including intellectuals of India too have acknowledged the fact that participation of people is must for finding an amicable solution.
He said during its upcoming visit to Pakistan, Hurriyat delegation would make it clear to the leadership of that country that no solution can be forced on Kashmir. “We will later make it clear to India as well that people of Kashmir will never accept any bilateral solution,” Mirwaiz said. “We want to make the dialogue process vibrant and result-oriented,” he said.
Mirwaiz said Arab spring was the follow-up of three consecutive mass uprisings in Kashmir from 2008. “People of Kashmir showed their might. And, people across the globe admitted that people’s power is supreme. Even Indian media acknowledged the aspirations of the masses,” said Mirwaiz, who was flanked by senior Hurriyat (M) leaders Professor Abdul Gani Bhat, Aga Syed Al Mousvi, Bilal Gani Lone and Advocate Shahidul Islam.
Many participants stressed on the unity among the separatist leaders especially between divided factions of the amalgam.
“This is very unfortunate that our leadership is divided. Can’t you ask Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and JKLF chief Muhammad Yasin Malik to come under one umbrella,” said one of the participants. Another elderly participant from Pulwama district cautioned the Hurriyat (M) leadership about the upcoming Pakistan visit stating that the country was going to polls and leadership may change there. “It is not that you will have to explain your stand once again to the new leadership. So I suggest you to meet opposition camp of Pakistan as well,” he said. Many others urged Hurriyat leaders to ask Pakistan to make clear their Kashmir policy.
Welcoming the statehood status to Palestine, the Hurriyat (M) chairman said the development will act as a morale booster for Kashmir and its leadership. “There is not only Hamas, but Fatah, Islamic Jihad and many other parties. I strongly believe that status of statehood would raise the morale of not only leaders of Kashmir but people also,” he said.
He also said for the next feedback session, the Hurriyat (M) is mulling to invite leaders from Jammu, Ladakh and from the minority communities.

Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sat, 1 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sun, 2 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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