January 2007 News

Working groups will be set up in both Kashmirs

20 January 2007
The Daily Times

Islamabad: The All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and the government of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) on Saturday decided to set up two working groups, one each on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC), to facilitate the peace process. Mirwaiz Umer Farooq led the APHC delegation and AJK President Raja Zulqarnain and Prime Minister Sardar Atiq Ahmed represented the AJK government. The working groups aim to help Pakistan and India resolve the Kashmir issue. APHC representatives and AJK political leaders will be part of the groups. Farooq told reporters after the meeting that the APHC and AJK were trying to hold an intra-Kashmiri dialogue and India and Pakistan should allow a visit of AJK leaders to Indian-administered Kashmir. He said the next few months were important because Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh would come to Pakistan, followed by President General Pervez Musharrafs visit to India. Farooq said opponents of the current peace process had damaged the Kashmir cause. He said all Kashmiris, including Syed Ali Shah Geelani, should be allowed to visit both parts of Kashmir. He appealed to mujahideen to support the ongoing peace process, as militancy was no solution to the problem in the changed scenario. He said tripartite dialogue, including Kashmiris besides India and Pakistan, was needed to make the peace process a success. It seems that tripartite dialogue will come in the last phase of this peace process, he said. Zulqarnain said President Musharrafs four-point proposal for a Kashmir settlement was also discussed at the meeting. AJK opposition parties were invited to the meeting but did not turn up.


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