Resolve Kashmir in 2010: Mirwaiz to India, Pak

1 January 2010
The Daily Excelsior
Inayat Jehangir

SRINAGAR: Chairman of Moderate faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq today said India and Pakistan should make sincere efforts for resolution of Kashmir issue so that instability and mistrust does not dominate the new year. 'We do not want that this New Year should be wasted in allowing instability and mistrust to dominate. We hope that this year marks the beginning of new friendship between India and Pakistan and all outstanding issues between the two countries including Kashmir are resolved,' the Mirwaiz said in his Friday sermon at the Jamia Masjid here. He said people of the State in general and Hurriyat Conference in particular will contribute their bit towards any initiative taken for resolution of Kashmir issue. Making a fervent appeal to put the past behind, the Hurriyat chairman said the Centre should give up its rigid attitude and resume the dialogue process with Pakistan for resolving Kashmir issue. He said the rigid attitude of Government of India had led to stalling of the talks process for the past 18 months. 'Mumbai terror attacks were condemnable but such incidents should not be used as an excuse to put the dialogue process on the back burner. Such an approach can have disastrous consequences,' he said. Mirwaiz said the Kashmir issue had now entered its 63rd year and the need of the hour was to look at the issue from humanitarian perspective. 'We want people of India to prosper but, unfortunately, they are not aware of the ground realities in Jammu and Kashmir and consider it as a border dispute. They see Kashmir issue in terms of national agenda and national interest but do not realize the hardships faced by people of the State for the past 62 years, especially the past two decades,' he added. The Hurriyat chairman said lines have been drawn across Jammu and Kashmir which has divided families and separated a son from her mother, a brother from his brother. 'In the 21st century, the boundaries are becoming irrelevant. One can travel the entire Europe on just one visa but the situation is different in South Asia due to mistrust between the nations,' he said. Calling for 'practical steps' and 'good intentions' for holding dialogue process between India, Pakistan and the people of Kashmir, Mirwaiz said his amalgam has already informed the Centre about the steps to be taken for creating a conducive atmosphere for talks. 'The solution to the Kashmir issue is not possible until India, Pakistan and Kashmiris do not hold a dialogue based on practical steps and good intentions. The Hurriyat has already presented its suggestions to the Government of India in this regard,' he said. Reacting to the statement of Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani that 'India and Pakistan should talk over the basic cause of their differences - Kashmir,' he said Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh should respond positively and start the dialogue process without any delay. Expressing satisfaction over the interactions between the non-governmental organizations (NGO's) and the civil societies of India and Pakistan towards bettering the relations between the two countries, Mirwaiz said the dialogue process would also boost the development and maintenance of peace in the country as well as the entire subcontinent. | home | state | national | business| editorial | advertisement | sports | photogallery | | international | weather | mailbag | suggestions | search | subscribe | send mail |

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