‘Hurriyat visit will pave way for tripartite talks’
7 January 2001
The Hindustan Times
Islamabad: CLAIMING THAT 'substantial' progress had been made on the Kashmir issue, Pakistan President Rafiq Tarar has said the coming visit by a Hurriyat Conference delegation to Pakistan would pave the way for tripartite talks on the issue and asked India to adopt a 'positive' attitude on the trip. Asking India to allow the trip on January 15, Tarar told reporters in Lahore that Pakistan would welcome the team. 'Substantial progress has been made on the (Kashmir) issue,' he said, adding New Delhi should 'adopt a positive attitude on the Hurriyat leaders' visit to Pakistan.' Alleging that India had 'so far been delaying the resolution of the Kashmir dispute on one pretext or another,' Tarar said 'but now the entire world wants to settle the dispute as without it peace in the region is not possible.' He said Pakistan was ready to hold 'a meaningful dialogue on the Kashmir issue only if India reciprocates the offer.' He said both Pakistan and India had become N-powers and the world was pressing for the solution to avert a war between them. Tarar said peace and prosperity in S. Asia was linked with the solution to the Kashmir and a solution was not possible without taking the aspirations of the Kashmiri people into consideration.