Differences Occur Between Hurriyat Factions Over Mirwaiz’s Suggestion

Differences Occur Between Hurriyat Factions Over Mirwaiz’s Suggestion

21 June 2013
Kashmir Times
Yusra Hussain

Srinagar: Differences have occurred between two factions of Hurriyat Conference over a suggestion by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq for Indo-Pak summits in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad. The suggestion was given by Mirwaiz, chairman Hurriyat Conference (M), while speaking at a seminar here yesterday. He had urged the top leadership of both the countries to initiate a serious dialogue process for the solution of Kashmir issue during the summits. Hurriyat (G) today came out with a strong statement saying that it opposes in principle the suggestion since India “due to its military might is occupying Jammu and Kashmir.” “By inviting the rulers to hold summits in Srinagar and Muzaffarabad will affect the disputed nature and status of Kashmir issue. This will provide a certificate to Indian occupation which would be exploited by it,” the statement added. Hurriyat (G) spokesman, Ayaz Akbar, said Kashmir is an internationally known old and sensitive dispute and whenever time will come for meaningful dialogue for its permanent solution the talks can be held in some third country. This can be more appropriate and more useful. Ayaz stated that it is a policy of Hurriyat (G) not to create any confrontation with any person, organisation or forum of “pro freedom camp” and not to hurt the self respect of any person. However, Hurriyat (G) has decided that since freedom struggle is above all compromises so whenever the need arises “we will express our view decently.” Ayaz said 18 resolutions have been passed in UN about Kashmir dispute. Talks were held in Tashkant of erstwhile of USSR. Even today Kashmir issue is being discussed at international fora from time to time. By reducing the issue to Srinagar and Muzaffarabad is an unintentional move to lessen the importance of Kashmir issue and its seriousness. The Hurriyat (G) spokesman alleged that government of India wants to put to an end the international status of Kashmir issue and intends to bring it down to the level of Siachen, Sir Creek and trade between India and Pakistan. New Delhi wants to permanently silence the voice for self determination for Kashmiris. Ayaz stated that whenever talks were held on Palestine issue those were conducted in Washington, Cairo or international fora. Such talks lead to some results also. The spokesman said that Kashmir in no way is lesser important and significant that of Palestine, Hurriyat (G) spokesman added.