APHC Wants Pakistan Inclusion In Kashmir Talks17 April 2010
The News International
Islamabad: All Pakistan Hurriyat Conference (APHC) has called upon a meaningful dialogue with India on longstanding Kashmir issue only with the participation of Pakistan and senior Kashmiri leadership. This was stated by former chairman of the Kashmiris’ joint political platform here on Friday. “We have never shied away from talks, but these should be purposeful. We are prepared even to work as a bridge between Islamabad and New Delhi on way to find an amicable resolution of the issue in line with the Kashmiris’ aspirations,” maintained Maulana Muhammad Abbas Ansari in informal chat with The News here. He was to conclude his private visit to Pakistan Saturday. About the incumbent Indian government’s offer of talks under the banner of track-II, he said the APHC was ready for it but only with the involvement of Pakistan. He insisted Kashmiris must get their UN-mandated right to self-determination. The veteran leader from IHK, who heads Ittehadul Muslemin, established in early 1960s, strongly advocated for resumption of talks on Kashmir issue, saying dialogue was the best possible way to settle the question of Kashmiris’ political future. He partly blames media for giving restricted coverage to the on-going freedom movement and the Kashmiri mujahideen’s activities against the Indian security forces, as this correspondent asked him would be agree to a perception that the armed struggle had been shrunk. Maulana Ansari believed peace process must be the priority of all the stake-holders’ and asserted sword or gun was no solution to the issue. In reply to Pakistan ruling coalition’s policy on Kashmir, he said first the rulers in Islamabad should set their house in order and then focus on other issues around them. He decried torching of vehicles and ransacking public property on numerous occasions in Pakistan.