Singh-Sharief Meeting: Divergent Views From Separatist Camp

Singh-Sharief Meeting: Divergent Views From Separatist Camp

30 September 2013
Kashmir Times


Srinagar: Divergent views were expressed by separatist groups on the meeting between prime ministers of India and Pakistan in New York. Hurriyat Conference (M) described the meeting between the two leaders as bold and courageous, while Hurriyat (G) and JKLF are unimpressed. According to a spokesman of Hurriyat (M), the meeting between Dr Manmohan Singh and Nawaz Sharief figured during an executive council meeting of his faction here today. Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman, presided over the meet. “While taking stock of the current political scenario in the backdrop of the recently held round of negotiations between prime minister Nawaz Sharief and prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh in New York, the executive council described it a bold and courageous start on behalf of the two leaders,” he said. The spokesman added that Hurriyat (M) has always supported the dialogue process between the two countries and believes that instead of confrontation only a meaningful dialogue process can pave the way for everlasting peace in the region. “The executive council has expressed hope that this new beginning will not get entangled in just collateral issues but the leadership of the two countries will boldly confront the reality of the situation and take steps to set the right priorities for the dialogue and among these priorities, Hurriyat believes, Kashmir remains on the top because it is only Kashmir issue which has remained the main cause of tension in the sub-continent. It is, therefore, imperative to address this issue on priority basis and include the resistance leadership of Kashmir in the process so as to make the process credible and result oriented, Hurriyat (M) spokesman said. The executive council also felt that this dialogue process should not be linked with any election process or government formation in India, Pakistan or Kashmir, but should be carried forward seriously by the concerned parties without using it for cheap party politics. “It was also hoped in the meeting that the continuation of the dialogue process will be ensured. The leadership of the two countries will keep the current spirit alive and will not weaver in its resolve on account of any occurrences of incidents of violence or other irritants because a sustained and continuous process alone can lead us in the right direction,” he said. Syed Ali Shah Geelani, chairman Hurriyat (G) described as a diplomatic custom the meetings between the prime ministers of India and Pakistan. “Viable and democratic solution of Kashmir conflict, is only possible through UN resolutions. Kashmir is a very important issue and it needs to be resolved as per the aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. India should realise and take into account the ground realities and shun its unrealistic approach. It is a disputed territory and not an integral part of India,” Hurriyat (G) chairman said. Geelani reiterated his stand that without taking into consideration aspirations of the people of Kashmir, no lasting and purposeful settlement can be expected. He impressed upon Pakistani rulers to make dialogues Kashmir centric and urged them to shun their apologetic approach. Hurriyat (G) chairman criticised Singh for his statement in UN General Assembly saying that it was just a customary statement and flayed him for their stubborn approach and added that viable solution of Kashmir conflict is only possible through resolutions passed in United Nations organisation. Taking dig at prime minister of India for his remarks that UN resolutions have turned outdated with the passage of time, Geelani hit back saying that then similar is the case with the “dubious instrument of accession signed by then Maharaja Hari Singh and said “this too has lost its validity and added that on the basis of this document India continues its forced occupation.” Mohammad Yasin Malik, chairman JKLF, said that reiterating old stands and rhetoric, addressing local problems and constituencies, and exchanging smiles can be time passing but cannot be termed as negotiations. “American diplomatic efforts succeeded in bringing Indian prime minister and his Pakistani counterpart in one room but this meeting was only intended towards resolving and decreasing the present tensions between these two countries. American efforts may have succeeded but alas this has been a practice of USA and other countries to make efforts for resolving current tensions and forgetting the issue after that. USA and other countries do nothing to address the issues and concerns that are detrimental to lasting peace in the world,” Malik said. He added that because of these issues and conflicts the tensions arise time and again and pollute the atmosphere of the whole world. “When negotiators and those who manage these negotiations have evil intention, how anybody can even think of resolution of problems and conflicts from these kinds of negotiations. The leaders of India Pakistan and the whole world know that instability and disorder in south Asia is because of the Kashmir issue and problem and as long as this problem is ignored and its solution is prolonged this instability will remain there. It is because of this conflict that we see India and Pakistan locking horns every now and then. Also millions of Kashmiris are suffering because of this problem and conflict. Now if the world wants prosperity, peace, stability and promotion of non-violence in this world, it has to address this core issue and find ways for the solution to this dangerous issue,” Malik said.