Involve people of J&K in dialogue: Mirwaiz
14 January 2007
The Daily Excelsior
Srinagar: Stressing the need for institutionalization of on-going peace process, chairman of the moderate faction of All Party Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today suggested that existing cease-fire on Line of Control (LoC) should be extended in Kashmir so as to create conducive atmosphere. Addressing a seminar here this afternoon, Mirwaiz opined that on going truce has created an atmosphere for initiating dialogue so internal ceasefire should be announced so that common masses get benefitted. 'Common Kashmiri will be benefited only after ceasefire be extended in the internal areas’’, he maintained, adding, 'Government of India should take the initiative in this regard’’. He, however, hastened to add that his party will play its role in this regard. Although APHC chairman appreciated the on going dialogue process between India and Pakistan yet he cautioned that this effort will prove as futile if people of Jammu and Kashmir were not involved in the talks. 'Without involving people of Jammu and Kashmir the dialogue process is incomplete, so both India and Pakistan should involve people of this State’’, he said. The moderate Hurriyat leader made it clear that dialogue was the only way to solve all problems. 'There is no military solution to the Kashmir problem’’, he said, adding, 'it is a political problem and should be solved politically’’. He, made it clear that his party does not believe in violence so 'we are initiating dialogue among different sections of the people of Jammu and Kashmir’’. 'Aim of my visit to Jammu is to know view point of the people of this region’’, he said and hoped that people of Jammu will response to their appeal positively. 'It is a high time for the people of all the regions of the State to evolve a consensus on certain issues’’, he opined. Pointing towards different roadmaps and proposals given by different political parties to solve vexed Kashmir problem, the Mirwaiz said that it was wrong to reject any proposal with one stroke. He, however, said that some mechanism should be evolved to solve this problem and peace process should be given some shape. Addressing people of Jammu, APHC chairman said 'whenever we talk of Kashmir it does not mean only Kashmir valley. We are of the strong opinion that people from all the six regions be involved in the dialogue process’’. 'Need of the hour is to create consensus among people of all parts of Jammu and Kashmir’’, he said and added that they have decided to start intra-Kashmir dialogue to remove apprehensions among different regions. He was also critical of the bandh call given by the hardcore Hurriyat Conference leader, Sayed Ali Shah Geelani and said 'Geelani Sahib has to change his stand’’. Later in an informal chat with media persons, Mirwaiz stressed on the need of institutionalization of peace process so as to garner more support. 'Every region and sub-region be involved in the dialogue process’’, he said. When his attention was drawn towards proposals of joint mechanism and self-rule being given by the Pakistani President Gen Pervez Musharraf and endorsed by various political parties, the APHC chairman made it clear that people of Kashmir should be taken into confidence while taking any decision. Former APHC chairman, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat and other Hurriyat Conference leaders also addressed the function which was attended by representatives of some political parties.