Separatists Pin Hopes In Indo-Pak Dialogue

Separatists Pin Hopes In Indo-Pak Dialogue

7 September 2012
The Daily Pioneer
Khurshid Wani

Srinagar: Kashmir’s secessionist camp is cautiously optimistic on renewed bonhomie between India and Pakistan hoping an end to belligerence and a way forward for amicable solution to the Kashmir issue. The authorities, however, chose to restrict movement of most of the separatists on Friday as they were scheduled to stage demonstrations ahead of Indian and Pakistani foreign ministers’ meeting in Islamabad on Saturday. The pro-independence JKLF leader Yasin Malik along-with a battery of other separatist campaigners belonging to several groups, marched in Lal Chowk to stress for the inclusion of Kashmiri representatives in the future talks on Jammu and Kashmir. A heavy contingent of police blocked the marchers and they were bundled in vehicles and escorted to police stations. Before his arrest, Malik said that lingering Kashmir issue has halted peace, prosperity and stability in South Asia. He said that Kashmiris were favouring friendship between India and Pakistan they are concerned over perpetual ignorance on Kashmir issue and relegating it to back seat. He said breakthrough in talks was possible only after the core issue (Kashmir) is addressed. “Today we want to convey through our peaceful and united demonstration to the leadership of India and Pakistan that showing cold shoulder to Kashmir or putting it on the back burner will not help. It is in the best interest of India, Pakistan and Kashmiri’s that this vexed issue is solved on priority with the active involvement and participation of Kashmiris”, he said. Meanwhile, chairman of pro-dialogue faction of Hurriyat Conference Mirwaiz Umar Farooq announced that a Hurriyat delegation would visit Pakistan next month on the invitation of foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar. Mirwaiz said that his party was eager to renew dialogue process with Government of India if the latter brought perceptible changes on the ground level in Kashmir. Delivering his weekly sermon at Jamia Masjid Mirwaiz said that India has to show flexibility by thinning out troops deployment in Jammu and Kashmir, releasing political prisoners, repealing harsh laws and stopping human rights violations. He said all the three stakeholders of the conflict - India, Pakistan and Kashmir - should hammer out a solution.