Time for India to show flexibility: Mirwaiz Umar

‘Pakistan Supports Kashmir Resolution Without Any Condition’

ABID BASHIR

Srinagar, Dec 28: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday asked India to “shun its military approach and show flexibility” on Kashmir, saying Pakistan supports Kashmir resolution without the condition of J&K’s merger with that country. Mirwaiz reached Srinagar from New Delhi amid a rousing reception after completing 10-day Pakistan tour. He was received by his close associate Advocate Shahid ul Islam and scores of people at the Srinagar Airport amid pro-freedom and pro-Islam slogans.
The Hurriyat (M) Chairman drove to historic Jamia Masjid in old city where he addressed people before Friday prayers. “We received tremendous support from Pakistan on Kashmir issue. From a common man to a minister, every Pakistani supports Kashmir resolution without any condition. Merger with Pakistan is not a condition for their support,” Mirwaiz said.
He said India and Pakistan have no option than to resolve Kashmir first. “We are satisfied by Pakistan’s approach. That country is going to polls and witnessing internal strife and still they support Kashmir cause, morally and diplomatically,” Mirwaiz said. The Hurriyat (M) Chairman said it was time for India to show flexibility on Kashmir. “It is high time for Government of India to shun its military approach. Six lakh forces are present in Kashmir to suppress the voice of Kashmiris. Black laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act continue to remain in place,” he said. “New Delhi should change its Kashmir policy and work towards settlement of Kashmir issue. The solution has to be acceptable to all three parties- India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir.”
He said no bilateral solution would be acceptable to Kashmiri people. “We made it clear in Islamabad as well. We have a great treasure of sacrifices of hundreds of people,” Mirwaiz said. The Hurriyat (M) Chairman said if India continues with its current approach on Kashmir “situation will go back to what it was during the mass uprisings of 2008, 2009 and 2010.”
“The situation we are witnessing from Palestine to Syria to Egypt is what Kashmir witnessed for three consecutive years. Government of India has to shun its dilly-dallying approach and time-buying tactics,” Mirwaiz said.  He, however, said Hurriyat has already put some conditions for talks with New Delhi in 2006, which are yet to be fulfilled.
Reiterating his demand for the unification of two divided parts of Kashmir, Mirwaiz said there has to be free travel, trade and movement between the two sides. “The permit system, strict travel procedures should end. The LoC travel should be allowed on simple identity card or a state subject certificate,” he said.  “This can be the first step towards our main demand of unification of J&K as it existed on August 14, 1947.”
Mirwaiz had left for Pakistan on December 12 along with six executive members of the amalgam- Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Moulana Abbas Ansari, Aga Syed Hassan, Bilal Gani Lone, Mukhtar Ahmed Waza and Musadiq Adil.

Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Fri, 28 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Sat, 29 Dec 2012 00:00:00 IST




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