Kashmiris Being Included In Talks: Mirwaiz

Kashmiris Being Included In Talks: Mirwaiz

10 February 2012
Greater Kashmir
Zahid Maqbool

Srinagar: Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Friday revealed that India and Pakistan have decided to include Kashmiri leadership in talks. “We have always maintained that people of Kashmir are the principal party to the dispute and only talks can lead to the resolution of long standing issues. But both the countries have to show flexibility and sincerity,” Mirwaiz said while addressing the Friday congregation in historic Jamia Masjid here. Referring to the recent thaw in Indo-Pak relations, he said, “We are not against the two countries forging friendly ties but they should realize that Kashmir issue cannot be ignored.” Mirwaiz said both the countries have softened the visa policy and are giving concessions to each other. “Leaders of both the countries should realize that Kashmiris also want to go to Rawlakote and Muzafarabad without any hassles,” he said. “We hope all historical routes connecting Kashmir with rest of the world are reopened so that it once again attains the status of being the economic hub. It takes us less time to reach Tashkant in an airplane than New Delhi. Why cannot they open up all routes including the Silk Route?” Mirwaiz asked. Mirwaiz, while referring to the ongoing US-Afghan conflict said, “Talks are the only option to resolve the long standing issues. USA could not break the resolve of Taliban by using force against them. It should serve as an eye opener for India.” Mirwaiz said that pro-freedom leadership is committed to the cause and the sacrifices will not be allowed to go waste. “We can forgive but not forget the sacrifices rendered by our brothers and sisters. Everyone of us has rendered sacrifices in one or other way,” he said. Praising the Muhammad Maqbool Bhat for his resolve and vision, Mirwaiz said, “India had hanged him with the belief that sentiment of freedom will die with him but history proved Indian leadership wrong. It actually triggered chain of sacrifices,” Mirwaiz said. On the recent incidents of ‘harassment and attacks on Kashmiris,’ he said that it is the responsibility of the government to ensure the safety of businessmen and students outside Kashmir. “Where will they go, on one hand they are not given passports to go outside India for trade and studies, on the other they are harassed by different agencies,” he said.