Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said on Friday that dialogue was the only way forward on Kashmir, emphasizing that a beginning could be made by taking some Confidence Building Measures (CBM).
Addressing Friday congregational gathering at historic JamiaMasjid here Mirwaiz said there was a need to create conducive environment onKashmir through CBMs, like release of political prisoners, youth and Hurriyatleaders languishing in jails.
"One of the biggest CBMs will be to re-open all traditionalroads connecting divided parts of Kashmir including Srinagar-Muzafarabad,Poonch-Rawlakote-Chakandabagh roads so that a mutual trust is build between twonations and two sides of Kashmir," Miwaiz said.
Mirwaiz said Governments of India and Pakistan must takesteps to address concerns of people of Kashmir, win their trust and then movetowards "final and dignified settlement" of Kashmir issue.
"Policies like highway ban, which is causing tremendousproblems to people on a daily basis and is leading to a humanitarian situationis a totally anti-people. It is causing both physical and psychological stressto people," Mirwaiz said, adding such measures add to peoples' anger.
"The fact remains that even after passage of seven decadesKashmir issue is a reality, with India and Pakistan parties to it. The presenceof United Nations Military Observers Groups in Indian and Pakistan continuesand almost every country in the world has been urging India and Pakistan toaddress this (Kashmir) issue," he said.
He asked Government of India to choose path of engagementfor peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue for larger interests of people ofentire south Asia.