The recent militant attack on an Indian Air Force base in Pathankot is "aimed at derailing the Indo-Pak dialogue process", the Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Wednesday. It urged both the countries to continue their parleys and discuss ways and means of resolving Kashmir and "not fall prey to elements trying to create hurdles in the way of a result-oriented dialogue."
"This attack happened when the two countries were talking in a friendly atmosphere. Such attempts are aimed at derailing the dialogue process. There shouldn't be any such act that prompts New Delhi to call off talks with Pakistan," Mirwaiz told Greater Kashmir, soon after chairing the Hurriyat's Executive Council meeting here.
He said the Hurriyat wants the two countries to start a meaningful discussion on resolution of Kashmir.
Reliable sources said all participants in the meeting unanimously condemned the Pathankot attack that left seven soldiers and five militants dead. The participants, they said, called the attack "a move to disrupt the ongoing Indo-Pak talks."
"A participant even said 'such acts of terror' are not only against interests of Kashmir, but against the interests of entire South Asia as they lead to disruption of talks which ultimately hits the prospectus of finding an amicable solution to the vexed Kashmir issue," the sources disclosed.
The participants urged the two countries to move ahead and "press the Kashmir button to ensure peace in South Asia."
A Hurriyat leader, who was present in the meeting, said acts like the one in Pathankot "is the handiwork of those who don't want Kashmir to be resolved."
"Such elements want us to continue to live under the shadow of terror as it suits their interests," he said.
Pertinently, the United Jihad Council (UJC) led by HizbulMujahideen chief, Syed Salahudin claimed responsibility of the Pathankot attack.
Meanwhile, in a statement here, a Hurriyat spokesman said the party expresses "deep concern" over the recent attack in Pathankot.
"As we have seen in the past, 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," the spokesman said.
The meeting was attended by senior Hurriyat leaders including Moulana Muhammad Abaas Ansari, Prof Abdul GaniBhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Mukhtar Ahmad Waza and Muhammad MusadiqAdil.
Terming the resumption of dialogue process between India and Pakistan as "encouraging", the spokesman said: "Positive steps the two countries have taken in the past one month towards resumption of the dialogue are welcome."
"It is highly positive to see that these efforts have taken place 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," the spokesman said. "We appreciate their courage and urge them to take the peace process forward in a bold way and focus on resolving issues, especially Kashmir."