Will Talk As Ownders, Not As Salves: Prof. Bhat

Will Talk As Ownders, Not As Salves: Prof. Bhat

27 November 2012
Greater Kashmir


Srinagar: Senior Hurriyat (M) leader Professor Abdul Gani Bhat Tuesday said Hurriyat (M) will go to Pakistan ‘as owners and not slaves’ and talk business there. “We did not beg before Pakistan to invite us. We got an invite because Pakistan has accepted Hurriyat (M) leadership as the true representative of Kashmiri people,” Bhat said at the conclusion of a feedback session with civil society members. He said Hurriyat (M) leaders represent the “heart beat of every Kashmiri.” “We will go to Pakistan with open mind and not for a pleasure trip. We will talk business there,” Bhat said. “The Hurriyat leadership will go to Pakistan not as slaves but as owners. We will keep our head high while talking to Pakistani leadership.” Bhat said some people talked “bitter things” during the interactive session but Hurriyat (M) leadership has a bigger heart and has a “capacity to absorb bitter and sweet things as well.” “That’s how vision gets cleared and new ideas crop up,” Bhat said. He said world has rejected extremism and violence. “India can’t see peace prevail if it continues to believe in extremism. There is no space for extremism. So Kashmir solution is not an impossible thing,” he said. “No country can live in isolation. Economic wisdom teaches that issues have to be resolved for peace and prosperity. India needs peace. But peace and disputes can never co-exist.” He said India and Pakistan can never afford to fight a war. “Similarly, getting support for the armed resistance at the world level is very difficult given the present geo-political scenario. So we will meet Pakistan leadership with a constructive mindset,” Bhat said. “We will not ride a blind horse and keep all our antennas on during talks.” He said it was not that the results of the visit would come within no time. “It may take one year or three years. Kashmiris have already made it clear that they can’t accept defeat,” Bhat said.