Hurriyat Team Leaves For Pak

Hurriyat Team Leaves For Pak

12 December 2012
Rising Kashmir
Towseef Ahmad

Srinagar: A seven-member delegation of Hurriyat (M) led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq left for Delhi on Wednesday for their onward journey to Pakistan later this week. The delegation comprises of executive group members Moulana Abbas Ansari, Prof Abdul Gani Bhat, Bilal Gani Lone, Agha Syed Hassan, Musadiq Adil and Mukhtar Ahmad Waza. During their stay in Pakistan from December 17 to 23, the delegation would hold talks with Prime Minster Raja Parvaiz Ashraf, Foreign Minister, Hina Rabani Khar, federal Minister for Kashmir Affairs, Mian Manzoor Watoo, former prime minister, Mian Nawaz Sharif, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chief, Imran Khan and other leaders. “We will go there to see what policy they have towards Kashmir. How do they want to move forward and what India and Pakistan has to offer us. These questions are in our mind,” Mirwaiz said before the departure. Looking to downplay the expectations from the visit, he said, “People should not expect an overnight solution as Kashmir is a very complex issue. We have not moved an inch and no mechanism has been evolved for involvement of people of the valley in seeking out a solution.” The Hurriyat (M) chairman said the visit is part of the effort to initiate a process for seeking the solution to the longstanding issue. “We do not want to make it a one-time event, but a continuous process for the solution of the complex issue as per the aspirations of people of the valley. “There are many possibilities to move forward but we have to keep certain realities in mind. We need to have greater depth of all the problems. We want the ice should be broken.” He said they will impress on Pakistani leadership that Kashmiris have to be on table whenever any step is taken towards the solution of Kashmir issue. “We will ask the government and opposition leaders in Pakistan to consider aspirations of Kashmiri people while taking any step towards resolving Kashmir issue. Without the involvement of Kashmiris, India and Pakistan can never reach any kind of solution. No solution will be acceptable that will be thrust on us.” Though Pakistan has been extending support to Kashmiris at every level, Mirwaiz said, Hurriyat wants the country to take Kashmir issue more seriously. “Kashmir is a dispute and we want an overwhelming support from Pakistan to solve the dispute,” he said, adding that dialogue is the only way to solve any kind of dispute. The Hurriyat (M) chief also said during the proposed visit of Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh to Pakistan, Kashmiris should be involved in the dialogue process. He further said there are ups and downs in every freedom struggle. “But the nation that has the backing of lakhs of sacrifices need not be disappointed.” “What we have witnessed in 2008, 2009 and 2010 is that the freedom struggle cannot be suppressed by any measures. It has been transferred to the younger generation.” Before their departure, the Hurriyat delegation held consultation with civil society members from Central Kashmir. In run up to the Pakistan visit, Hurriyat (M) held wide-ranging consultations with civil society members from different parts of the valley to evolve consensus on issues to be raised before Pakistani leadership.