‘Talk to Geelani, Malik et al before Pakistan visit’

KEA Urges Hurriyat (M)

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Nov 21: Kashmir Economic Alliance - an amalgam of traders, hoteliers and transporters- Wednesday asked Hurriyat Conference (M) to take all separatist leaders including Syed Ali Geelani and Muhammad Yasin Malik on board before its Pakistan visit. “We have urged the chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, to take all separatist leaders into confidence before leaving to Pakistan for talks. Otherwise it would be a futile exercise. We want concrete solutions, and for that unity among different separatist camps is the prerequisite,” said Muhammad Yaseen Khan, Chairman KEA.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq had Tuesday called a meeting of traders to discuss various issues before the visit of the amalgam leaders to Pakistan.
“During our meeting with Mirwaiz Sahab, we urged him that all pro-freedom parties like Hurriyat (G) led by Syed Ali Shah Geelani and JKLF led by Muhammad Yasin Malik should be on board and there should be joint strategy on how to present over viewpoint regarding the Kashmir issue,” Khan said.
“We have also suggested them that they should also talk with the Indian side so that there is no ambiguity and clear picture regarding the talks is presented before the people,” said Khan, who is also the president of Kashmir Traders and Manufacturers Federation (KTMF).
“Kashmiris have suffered a lot due to turmoil during last two decades, now time has come for separatist leaders to come on a joint platform and chalk out a strategy vis-à-vis solution of Kashmir issue,” said Khan.
He said that there were some media reports stating that traders have given their nod to the visit. “But as far as KEA is concerned we have clearly told them that separatists should be united so that there are no fractured opinions and all the stakeholders should be on board.”
“It also seems that the visit would not be beneficial as the general elections in Pakistan are scheduled soon and there is probability that the leadership in Pakistan will be changed,” Khan opined.

Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Wed, 21 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Thu, 22 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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