'Separatists, civil society in touch on Amarnath issue'

Hurriyat Delegation To Leave For Pak On Dec 17

Srinagar, Nov 4: Asserting that he was the first person to raise the issue of track to Amarnath Cave, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the issue is being investigated and various groups including civil society are in touch for consultations to reach a consensus on the issue.
 “After consultations and consensus, further plan of action on the issue will be decided”, said Mirwaiz.
 On the proposed Pakistan visit of the Hurriyat Conference leaders, Mirwaiz said that a Hurriyat delegation will leave for Pakistan on December 17 for a week-long visit to the neighboring country.
 “We have already decided to visit Pakistan and to finalize the programme the Hurriyat Executive will be meeting on November 6 at Rajbagh headquarters of the Hurriyat Conference” said Mirwaiz.
 The Hurriyat leaders have also been invited by the Pakistan High Commissioner in New Delhi in order to finalize the itinerary of meetings with different leaders, politicians and civil society activists in Pakistan. “Next week we are visiting Delhi after the Pakistan HC invited us”, he confirmed.
 The Mirwaiz said that the Hurriyat leaders will meet different political leaders in Pakistan and Azad Kashmir apart from government functionaries.
 The leaders are also expected to meet the President and the Prime Minister of Pakistan during the week long visit, sources told KNS.
 The Hurriyat Chairman said that during the visit the leaders would meet Pakistani leadership and people from political circles apart from civil society members. “We want to avail this opportunity to put the views of Kashmiris before Pakistani leadership. We’re not against India-Pakistan dialogue but the core issue of Kashmir has to be addressed first. We want to tell them that they should insist on inclusion of Kashmiri leadership in the dialogue process for permanent settlement of K-Issue”, said Mirwaiz. The visit of Hurriyat leadership to Pakistan is being seen with some significance in view of the Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh’s proposed visit to the country in January 2013.
 The Mirwaiz said that despite of India and Pakistan entering into trade and business activities ceasefire violations happen on the line of control only because the resolution to Kashmir issue is pending.
 “We have always emphasized that India has to be sincere in dialogue process, when we speak about Kashmir it means pre 1947 Kashmir”, said Mirwaiz.
 He said ‘unfortunately due to the prevailing internal situations of some Muslim countries, they (Muslim Countries) are engaged with their own issues but the K-issue is still at the top and OIC has made significant commitments on K-issue’. “Our aim is to highlight Kashmir issue on the international fora and I feel we have succeeded in doing that to some extent”, said Mirwaiz.
 Describing the recent attacks on the minority community in Zanskar as the ‘state government’s failure’, Hurriyat Conference (M) Chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the attacks are a threat to other residents of Zanskar who wish to embrace Islam.
 “Some people in Zanskar embraced Islam under their sweet will and consent but the State Government has failed to provide them protection. It is a failure of the government which clearly exhibits its inability and inefficiency”, said the Mirwaiz while talking to KNS.

Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Sun, 4 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Mon, 5 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST

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