February 2004 News

Hurriyat supports Indo-Pak peace process

2 February 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India

Srinagar: Defending its decision to hold talks with the Centre, the Ansari-led Hurriyat Conference on Monday said it fully supported the peace process between India and Pakistan but warned that any solution to Kashmir issue would not be durable without the involvement of Kashmiris. 'We fully support the peace process between India and Pakistan...We want to push it forward and contribute to it. That is why we entered talks with Delhi,' senior Hurriyat leader Mirwaiz Umer Farooq told an Id gathering at Jamia Masjid here. Expressing hope that a new beginning would be made on the occasion of Id, he said 'Kashmir issue cannot be resolved without the involvement of Kashmiris in the talks process'. Many bilateral attempts have been made at resolving Kashmir issue but no tangible results were achieved, he added. The former Hurriyat chairman said the amalgam was hopeful that the process of dialogue between India and Pakistan and Centre and Hurriyat would continue till an amicable solution to Kashmir issue is reached. 'India and Pakistan are meeting in February and we will be meeting (Deputy Prime Minister) Advani in March. Let us hope this process continues,' he added. On Hurriyat's demand to visit Pakistan, Mirwaiz said, 'We are hopeful that as the peace process progresses, it will also take place to complete the cycle'.


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