Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq wednesday expressed deep concern over the recent attack in Pathankot, saying that whenever there is a serious effort made by India and Pakistan to resolve issues, incidents like this have been taking place with the aim to derail the dialogue process.
Mirwaiz said this while chairing a meeting of the amalgam's Executive Council at Hurriyat headquarters in Rajbagh area of Srinagar.
In a statement, the senior leader said that it was "highly positive" to see that these efforts have been led at the highest levels of political leadership both in India and Pakistan and that the two Prime Ministers have personally committed themselves towards the pursuit of peace.
"We appreciate their courage and we urge them to take the peace process forward in a bold way and to focus on taking bold steps to resolve issues, especially the main issue of Kashmir," the statement quoted Mirwaiz as saying.
"The elements who seek to vitiate the atmosphere and derail dialogue process are working against the interests of the people of South Asia. Keeping in mind the nuclear dimension such incidents can jeopardize the very future of the region, and have the potential to trigger a serious crisis between India and Pakistan, he said.
Despite the challenges ahead, we urge the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan to carry forward with the peace efforts and dialogue process in a visionary way, he said.
He said that it was important that the dialogue process is not allowed to get derailed.
"We appreciate the efforts by the Indian and Pakistani Prime Ministers to cooperate to ensure the creation of a positive atmosphere for dialogue," he said.
"They must resolve to carry forward and work together to try rid the region of conflict and violence."
It was further emphasized that the leadership of India and Pakistan should actively involve all the stakeholders so that the dialogue process has maximum support from every side, the statement said.
It is important that, to succeed, the process needs broad support from the political opposition and general public in both countries, it said.
"The people of Jammu & Kashmir who are the primary stakeholder have to be involved in any successful dialogue process aimed at resolving the Kashmir issue," it said.