January 2006 News

LoC a permanent border is unacceptable: Mirwaiz

2 January 2006
The News International

Lahore: All Parties Hurriyet Conference (APHC) president Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has stated that proposals of acknowledging permanent border to LoC or maintaining status quo are unacceptable, however the APHC leadership was ready to become part of negotiations with Pakistan and India on any other proposals. He was addressing a press conference at Lahore Airport Monday night following his arrival from New Delhi as head of three member delegation which also comprised of Prof Abdul Ghani Bhat and Bilal Ghani Lone. The delegation which arrived in Pakistan on a six day visit to express solidarity with quake victims and meet Pakistani officials, flew to Islamabad in the next flight. Addressing the press conference Umar FArooq said recently opened six entry points along LoC have lost their purpose because of bureaucratic red tapism. He said for Kashmiris it is easier to travel from Uri to Srinagar and than to Delhi for seeking visas than to cross over from any of those entry points into Pakistan. He said he and his companions wanted to visit Pakistan through one of those entry points but Indian government delayed travel documents to his 19 member delegation for over two months, which forced them to obtain visa for flying from Delhi to Lahore. He made it clear that APHC leadership was not part of any back door diplomacy and would continue to do open politics for the interests of Kashmiri people. He said the basic purpose of his visit was to express solidarity with quake victims of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir. He said when they visited the quake hit areas of Indian Kashmir the people there asked them to go to Pakistan to provide relief to the victims on that side who received far more damages. FArooq said the quake has made it clear once again before the world that Pakistan was ready to show flexibility but Indian leadership was stubborn and inflexible. He said in fact Indian governments have never been serious in solving the issue because they were occupying the valley through five hundred thousands troops. He said UN resolutions provided a legal basis for solving Kashmir issue but, sadly, the UN has badly failed in making any progress towards solving this issue. He said India must keep in mind that if any justified solution was to be found for Kashmir dispute India would have to offer the largest sacrifice than other parties. He said APHC favored people to people contacts between the two countries and promotion of trade and cultural ties, but hurdles in Kashmiris visiting on both sides must also be removed. He said quake has forced the Kashmiris to think that their unity was indispensable for meeting such disasters. He said they wanted unity for entire Kashmir region. He said both governments should facilitate more to the Kashmiris on both sides to meet and travel on either side.


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