Can Hurriyat (M)’s Pak visit turn the tables?

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JAVAID MALIK

Hurriyat Conference (M) is making hectic preparations for its forthcoming visit to Pakistan. Chairman of the conglomerate Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has held deliberations with various sections of the society from different parts of the Valley to assess the ground situation.
There is no harm in Hurriyat (M) leaders visiting Pakistan to put forth their point of view and understand where exactly Pakistan stands amid the mess it is caught in. This would be for the first time that Hurriyat leaders would be meeting the new Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf, who replaced Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani off late. The present Pakistan Prime Minister has maintained a low profile after taking over the reins from Gilani. He has not talked much about Kashmir. 
This is not for the first time that Hurriyat leaders would be visiting Pakistan. During past few years they have visited the neighboring country on many occasions. And after their return they have always assured the people that Pakistan supports the Kashmir cause and there has been no change in its Kashmir policy.
Kashmiri leaders have been talking to Pakistan and it continues to be firm on its stand but the point is that despite Hurriyat leaders visiting Pakistan, New Delhi continues to be rigid and there seems no change in New Delhi’s policy vis-à-vis Kashmir.  One wonders how can talking to Pakistan only resolve the Kashmir issue?  It is New Delhi which has to show flexibility and not Islamabad. It seems New Delhi by allowing Hurriyat leaders to visit Pakistan wants to show that it has softened its stand on Kashmir. If it is so then India and Pakistan should work towards evolving a consensus to include Kashmiri leaders in the ongoing parleys between the two countries.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq recently said that they would ask Pakistan leadership to pave way for the inclusion of Kashmiri leaders in the ongoing Indo-Pak talks. Time only would decide whether Pakistan can convince India to include Kashmir representatives in talks or not?
 Chairman of United Jihad Council Syed Salahuddin recently said that Kashmiri leaders need to build consensus among them before Hurriyat delegation visits Pakistan and this visit should not be a mere photo opportunity.  He seemed skeptical about Hurriyat’s forthcoming visit.  A few days ago Mirwaiz Umar had said that resolution of the Kashmir issue cannot be held hostage to unity among the leaders and steps need to be taken to move forward vis-à-vis Kashmir resolution.
There is every possibility of Hurriyat (M’s) forthcoming visit opening up new avenues for talks but history stands testimony to the fact that previous visits of the conglomerate leaders have not yielded much. It seems Pakistan only can convince India to move ahead as far as the resolution of the Kashmir issue is concerned. If Pakistan succeeds in doing so one wonders what cost Kashmiris would have to pay for it. At this point of time Pakistan and people of Kashmir are on a weak wicket and New Delhi has got an upper hand. Striking a deal with New Delhi can prove to be a Herculean task for the Pakistan leadership as recent statements from New Delhi have reiterated that JK is an integral part of India. One hopes Hurriyat leaders break the ice and persuade Pak leadership to ask New Delhi to show flexibility.

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Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 4 Dec 2012 18:30:00 GMT
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