Start ‘new Chapter’ With Demilitarization: Mirwaiz To Indo-Pak11 November 2011
Srinagar: Terming as welcome step the meeting between prime ministers of India and Pakistan on the sidelines of the SAARC Summit in Maldives, Chairman Hurriyat Conference (M) Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday urged both the countries to bury past differences and take bold steps for the resolution of all issues including Kashmir. Addressing a Friday gathering at the historic Jamia Masjid, Mirwaiz said both the countries could start a new chapter by demilitarizing Jammu and Kashmir. He was referring to Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh’s statement that time had come to write a “new chapter in the history of two countries” and leave behind the era of “accusations and counter-accusations.” “Let both the countries start this new chapter by demilitarizing both parts of Jammu and Kashmir first,” Mirwaiz said, adding that the process should be extended to the Indo-Pak border . Mirwaiz said both countries needed to reduce the trust deficit and demilitarization by both sides can give Indo-Pak ties a new direction.” Mirwaiz said that if the two countries start the withdrawal of troops from both the regions, “black laws like Armed Forces Special Powers Act will automatically go.” In view of the “changing global scenario,” Mirwaiz said the two countries had no option but to take steps to resolve all outstanding issues. “Instead of conflict management, the two countries will have to now shift their focus on conflict resolution,” he said. Mirwaiz, reiterated that the dialogue process would not succeed till the Kashmir issue is “resolved according to the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people.” “Kashmiris will have to be taken on board in any process,” he said. Expressing his concern over the conversion of Kashmiri Muslim boys and girls to Christianity, Mirwaiz said he was keeping an eye on the issue. “ As the Mirwaiz of Kashmir, I am aware of my responsibilities . A team has been set up to gather information on the issue, ” Mirwaiz said adding that Awami Majlis Amal has convened a meeting to chart out the future course of action in this regard.