January 2008 News

India Adopting Dual Policy In Kashmir: Mir

7 January 2008
Greater Kashmir

Srinagar: Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (A) Javaid Ahmad Mir Monday said dual policy adopted by the New Delhi on Kashmir issue is making people of Jammu and Kashmir suffer for more than a decade. In a statement Mir said India initiated a dialogue process with pro-freedom Hurriyat leadership when it had already divided it into two groups. “When the Hurriyat factions were united for more than 12 years India resorted to a dual policy and never bothered to start a dialogue with them. Because of their dual policy the ongoing dialogue process, started few years ago, has become useless and people of Kashmir continue to suffer on all fronts,” Mir said. Mir said his party had also wished to visit Pakistan and condole and sympathise with the government and bereaved Bhutto family over the assassination of former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. “But Indian government’s pick and choose policy for past decade to issue travel documents has exposed its hollow claims to solve the Kashmir issue,” Mir said. He said his party was putting on efforts for unification of the Hurriyat for the past two years. “But we wish that unification should be voluntary and not based on compulsions. It is a tragedy that those people who would remain at distance from pro-freedom leadership at the beginning of the struggle have now taken centre stage,” Mir said.

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