India, Pak Serious In Resolving Kashmir Issue: Mir Waiz Umar Farooq
16 October 2004
News Network International
Srinagar: Chairman, Awami Action Committee, Mir Waiz Umar Farooq said India and Pakistan seem to be serious in solving the Kashmir issue now. According to Kashmir Media Service, addressing a congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid here. Mir Waiz said the Indo-Pak dialogue process has gained momentum in recent past. The international community and world powers firmly believe now that relations between India and Pakistan can improve only when the Kashmir issue is solved. Therefore, there is no reason for us to get disappointed or discouraged, he said. Awami Action Committee chief said, since 1947 many political elements have surfaced whose sole aim was to sabotage the demand made by the people for the resolution of Kashmir issue. He added that these elements have failed at every moment of time and Kashmiris continue to press for the demand which is yet to be fulfilled. The recent boycott of the so-called by-elections to the Batmaloo and Pahalgam assembly constituencies has once again foiled the plans of such elements. The successful boycott should open the eyes of these people and they should refrain from repeating such mistakes, Mir Waiz said. He reiterated that Kashmiris have been offering sacrifices for the last 57 years for ensuring that they get the right to choose their destiny. He added that people continue to offer their blood to ensure that the ongoing movement is taken to its logical conclusion. Mir Waiz said that it is a known fact that the Kashmiris have been deprived of their just right for more than half a century and they continue to fight for it even today. He added that the Kashmiris have complete faith on the Almighty Allah and it is the Almighty who would take them to their destination. Mir Waiz expressed hope that the day is not far off when the Kashmiris would get a chance of choosing their own destination but for that they have to be patient. He said, patience is a very important component of each and every movement and so is the case with the ongoing movement in Kashmir.