Bilateral Talks Are Futile: Mirwaiz16 February 2010
New Delhi: Reiterating that the Indo-Pak bilateral talks were futile without Kashmir issue, Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Tuesday said that the conglomerate was thinking of “formally approaching” the Indo-Pak authorities with their reservations for the dialogue process which starts February 25. “We’re not against talks but talks without discussing Kashmir are futile. We won’t allow India and Pakistan to dilute Kashmir issue. We’re thinking to formally approach the authorities of both the countries with our reservations about bilateral talks that are going to start on 25th of this month,” Mirwaiz told Rising Kashmir after chairing an executive body meeting at the party headquarters. About the meeting of executive members, Mirwaiz said it was dominated by discussions over the Indo-Pak dialogue process. “Water and other day-to-day problems are not the cause of the problems between the two neighboring countries. It is the main issue of Kashmir, which needs to be prioritized to achieve the ultimate solution and peace in the region,” he said. He said the restructuring process of the executive body of the Hurriyat (M) would take much more time as the conglomerate was awaiting suggestions and recommendations from its associated parties. “How can we take any decision until we don’t receive suggestions and recommendations from every associated party? Few of them are yet to submit it. So it can take more time,” he said. Notably, many parties had suggested the single line structure for Hurriyat (M) while others were suggesting strengthening the existing executive council. Meanwhile, Mirwaiz said the executive members of Hurriyat (M) would meet in a couple of days to discuss more on the Indo-Pak dialogue resumption. “Most probably we will meet again on Saturday to discuss more on this issue.” However, sources close to Hurriyat (M) informed that the next meeting would be held to formulate the list of reservations about talks starting February 25. The executive members also condemned the arrest of separatist leaders Shabir Ahmad Shah, Nayeem Ahmad Khan and Firdous Ahmad Shah booked under the Public Safety Act on Friday. Hurriyat (M) also condemned the use of “brute force” against the people of Kulgam who were on Tuesday peacefully offering Nimaz Jinazah of two militants killed in a gunfight.