‘Pakistan agrees to no bilateral pact on Kashmir’

Won’t Go With Begging Bowl Before New Delhi: Mirwaiz


Srinagar, Dec 27: Terming the Pakistan visit as a ‘successful one’, the Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Thursday said the “biggest achievement of the amalgam’s Islamabad trip was that Pakistan has agreed that there will be no bilateral agreement on Kashmir with India.” He also said that they have not received “any formal or informal invitation” from New Delhi for talks.
Talking to Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi, Mirwaiz, who concluded his 10-day Pakistan tour along with seven other Hurriyat (M) leaders, said given the overwhelming support in Pakistan and Pakistan Administered Kashmir, the visit was “fruitful and successful.”
“We are satisfied with the Pakistan tour,” Mirwaiz said. “We told the Pakistan leadership that the people of Kashmir are the legitimate party to the Kashmir dispute. We also told them that the peoples’ aspirations can’t be by-passed.”
He said Pakistan accepted the “indigenous character of Kashmiris” as far as finding a permanent solution to Kashmir is concerned. “We persuaded Pakistan not to enter into any bilateral agreement with India over Kashmir. The biggest achievement of our visit is that Islamabad agreed that no bilateral pact on Kashmir would be entered into,” he said. “Once Pakistan will refuse bilateral solution on Kashmir, the step will naturally pave way for a trilateral dialogue that would ultimately end up in settlement of the issue.”
He said the Hurriyat (M) leaders held a series of meetings with Pakistan leadership, including those out of power. “We urged the leaders of political parties of Pakistan to ensure inclusion of Kashmiris in dialogue process in their respective election manifestoes,” Mirwaiz said. “All political parties agreed to our suggestion.” He said it was quite encouraging that “a country which is grappling with the internal crisis extended its full support to the Hurriyat delegation.”
Mirwaiz said another outcome of the Hurriyat’s visit was that Pakistan and PaK leadership agreed that trade and other economic ties won’t be done at the cost of Kashmir issue. “Instead, we demanded that two divided parts of Kashmir should get their share from the trade. We also stressed that Kashmiris should be allowed to utilize their resources like water and electricity that are presently controlled by Pakistan and India,” he said.
Mirwaiz said Pakistan agreed to the Hurriyat’s demand regarding making travel through the Line of Control hassle-free. “Now we want India to ensure the same,” he said. “We made it clear in Islamabad that Kashmir was primarily a political problem but it had economic aspect as well. The economic dimensions have to be clubbed into the political solution.”
To a query whether Hurriyat (M) has received any invitation from the New Delhi for fresh round of talks, Mirwaiz said he was not aware of any “formal or informal invitation.” “We won’t go with a begging bowl before Government of India. They have to make the atmosphere conducive by revoking the controversial laws like the Armed Forces Special Powers Act and announcing the phased-withdrawal of forces,” he said.

Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Thu, 27 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST

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