Hurriyat Does Not Represent Kashmir'
28 July 2005
The Indian Express
Jammu: The Hurriyat has no representative character of Jammu and Kashmir and has not come out with its real viewpoint on the Kashmir issue so far,' said visiting PoK delegation leader, PoK Supreme Court chief justice Abdul Majid Malik (retd), while speaking to The Indian Express. Hailing from Dadyal in Mirpur, Malik is leading a 13-member PoK delegation, which is visiting the state to take part in the first-ever two-day intra-Kashmir conference in Srinagar. The delegation arrived here yesterday night through the Wagah border. On the Hurriyat leadership, he said, 'I am not going into who is right or who is wrong, but they should express their real viewpoint.' He also called for demilitarisation on both sides of Kashmir and expressed that 'the forces are working as irritants in the peace process, which is going on at the top level between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf'. The former chief justice also called upon the leaders of the mainstream political parties to tender apologies to the people of Kashmir for 'inflicting atrocities' on them. He added: 'Those people who have suffered due to violence should be compensated.' When asked if the recent spurt in violence in the Kashmir Valley would hamper the current peace process, he replied, 'The violence is not going to hamper the ongoing peace process, which will be fruitful in the long run.' However, he added that: 'Kashmir has become an ego problem for the common people of Pakistan and India and a solution is not expected so soon. But the peace process had gone ahead and it is irreversible. This is being realised by both sides. This feeling is very vital for the solution of the Kashmir imbroglio.' He, however, cautioned: 'But any solution to the issue must meet the aspirations of people on both sides. That should be kept in mind.' In response to a question, he said, 'Pakistan cannot control the hearts and minds of the people of this state.' He also claimed that 'there are no militant training camps inside PoK. India must be assured about this'. The delegation will stay here for 10 days and will interact with a cross-section of society, including border migrants. The delegation would participate in a conference at Srinagar on July 29 and 30. It will be back to Jammu on August 2.