Pakistan Has No Solution To Offer: Hurriyat
13 June 2005
The Indian Express
Islamabad: With Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf talking of various options to resolve the Kashmir issue, moderate Hurriyat faction has said the country does not have a solution to offer on the vexed problem.Playing down the optimism generated by the visit of Kashmiri separatist leaders, Hurriyat chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said they had 'very honest discussion' with Musharraf and their understanding was that 'Pakistan doesn't have a solution to offer to Kashmiri people.' Without naming Musharraf, he referred to the various options being suggested to resolve the issue and said, 'I do not think we have reached that stage.' Addressing a symposium on Kashmir here yesterday organised by the Dawn group of newspapers, Farooq said, 'there is no ready-made solution' to the Kashmir problem and the best mode of moving forward could be tripartite talks with India, Pakistan, and Kashmiri leadership sitting on the same table. But, he said, since India would not agree to this, the alternative for the moment could be a triangular dialogue with Kashmiris talking to both Pakistan and India separately and Pakistan and India talking between themselves. Farooq said they were still exploring the mode of their participation in the peace process already going on between Pakistan and India and they would be going to New Delhi for talks with the Indian leadership after the present visit. He said some people thought before his delegation's visit that a solution had already been decided and they would only put their thumb impressions. '... We are at the same place where we were 57 years ago,' he said. The nine-member team, which plans to leave for home by the Kashmir-Muzaffarabad bus on June 16, today visited Mirpur and Khotli in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir, to meet the local leaders. They were expected to return to Islamabad and later go to Muzaffarabad to meet the top political leaders of PoK before leaving for home. Farooq said judging from his talks with think tanks in the US it appeared that the international community was anxious not to pressurise the concerned parties for a quick solution on Kashmir. But he said Kashmiris could not afford a delay because of the ongoing violence and people impatiently looked for a solution. He also lashed out hardline Hurriyat leader Sayed Geelani for accusing him and other moderate leaders of committing 'ghaddari' (treason). Besides Farooq, his colleagues Abdul Ghani Bhut, Abbas Ansari and Bilal Lone and Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, (JKLF) chief Yasin Mallik also took part in the meeting.