Kashmir Solution Will Take Time: Mirwaiz

Kashmir Solution Will Take Time: Mirwaiz

20 December 2012
Rising Kashmir
Muhammad Aslam Mir

Karachi: The Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who offered prayers at Mazar-e-Quaid and met MQM leaders on Thursday, said Kashmir solution will take time and stressed on Islamabad to take Kashmiris on board for future India-Pakistan talks. “We are in favor of resumption of dialogue process between India and Pakistan. However, the Kashmir issue should not be pushed to the backburner,” Mirwaiz told media persons after visiting the mausoleum of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah. He appreciated the role played by Pakistan in resolving the long pending Kashmir issue. “I urge political leadership of the country to take Kashmiri leadership on board for future talks with India”. “The India-Pakistan dialogue process is incomplete without participation of people of Jammu and Kashmir, who are the main party to the dispute. Pakistan should ensure that it take us (Kashmiri leaders) on board at any forum of dialogues meant for rights of Kashmiri people,” Mirwaiz said. He said Kashmir struggle could not be suppressed by military might. “India has to honour the aspirations of people of Jammu and Kashmir”. Later, Hurriyat (M) delegation led by Mirwaiz visited MQM headquarters at Nine Zero, Karachi. Mirwaiz sought support of MQM leaders in their struggle for right to self-determination. The MQM leaders Nasreen Jaleel, Haider Abbas Rizvi and others, who were present on the occasion, pledged their party’s continued support to Kashmiris. Sources said during the meeting, they had a long telephonic conversation with exiled MQM leader Altaf Hussain in London. “Altaf assured the delegation of all possible help for the resolution of Kashmir issue. He told us that if Kashmiris want independence, there shouldn’t be any problem for Pakistan”, said a Hurriyat leader, who was present in the meeting. Later, Hurriyat (M) delegation visited the head office of Dawn Group of Newspapers and Dawn News TV. They met its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Hameed Haroon and briefed him about the prevailing situation in Jammu and Kashmir.