February 2004 News

Talks Not For Participating In Polls: Hurriyat (A)

2 February 2004
News Network International

Srinagar: Former Hurriet Conference chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has said the recent talks with New Delhi were not aimed at participating in the forthcoming parliamentary elections or conversion of Line of Control into International Border. Mirwaiz divulged the contents of the recent talks with the Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and deputy Prime Minister L K Advani. Former Hurriet chairman said the meetings were not held for seeking concessions. 'Neither were these meetings aimed at removing anybody from the chair or placing some other person', KTNS quoted him as saying. He said the talks were also not aimed at playing a role in the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections. 'Nor was there any intention to rule out the importance of United Nations resolutions on Kashmir', he said. Mirwaiz said there is no question of giving up the struggle that is going on from 1947. 'We consider this fight our birth right and we will persist with it despite hurdles and difficulties', he said. Elaborating over the details of participating in these talks, he said, it was aimed at facilitating the resolution of Kashmir issue through talks. 'We want to help the efforts and announcements made by the leaders of India and Pakistan during the last SAARC summit', he said. Mirwaiz assured that whenever talks are held they would be clear. 'We will put our point before and will take Kashmiris into confidence', he said. He said the Hurriet leadership has always worked for unity for the wider interests of Kashmiris. 'We will continue our efforts in the past as this movement is not the estate of any individual or party. This movement belongs to those who have paid with their blood', he said.-


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