Disappointing: Mirwaiz

Disappointing: Mirwaiz

26 February 2010
Greater Kashmir
Danish Nabi

Srinagar: Chairman of the Hurriyat conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Friday expressed disappointment over the outcome of the Indo-Pak foreign secretary level talks. “We were expecting the foreign secretaries to take a step forward on Kashmir, but the outcome was disappointing” Mirwaiz said while addressing the Friday congregation at the historic Jamia Masjid here today. He blamed India for hindering the dialogue by “refusing to give up its adamant approach and rigid stance on Kashmir, which he termed as “unjustified.” “India has adopted dual policy. On the one hand it shows readiness for dialogue on Kashmir while on the other Delhi is trying to quell the ongoing freedom movement with force,” he said. Mirwaiz appreciated Pak foreign secretary “for reiterating that Kashmir is the core issue” and “betterment of situation in the Valley vis-à-vis human rights violations, demilitarisation was of essence to make headway in talks.” The Hurriyat chairman, who led a four-member delegation that met Pak foreign secretary on Wednesday, said Salman Bashir had assured them that Pakistan won’t accept sell-out of Kashmir. “He assured us his country and the people would continue to support Kashmir cause at every level. He assured Kashmir would be the first on agenda of Indo-Pak talks.” Meanwhile, chairman of the Hurriyat conference (G), Syed Ali Shah Geelani said the result of the Indo-Pak talks is on expected lines. “We knew it was going to yield nothing,” Geelani told Greater Kashmir over phone from New Delhi. He said India and Pakistan have held similar talks nearly 130 times in past 62 years “but none bore any fruit because India is not ready to accept Kashmir as a dispute to be resolved through dialogue.” “As we were not expecting anything extraordinary from the talks so we are not at all disappointed.” Geelani, however, expressed satisfaction over his meeting with the Pak foreign secretary. “He (Salman Bashir) acknowledged that the Kashmir policy adopted by Gen Musharraf wasn’t in tune with the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.” “I told him that Pakistan’s changed Kashmir policy has affected our cause. I was clear in telling him that Pakistan must reclaim that Kashmir is the core issue between the two nations,” he said, and termed the foreign secretary’s response as “positive.”


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