On Kashmir,Mirwaiz Sees Hope In Modi

On Kashmir,Mirwaiz Sees Hope In Modi

19 March 2014
Greater Kashmir
Abid Bashir

Srinagar: With India gearing up for General Elections, Hurriyat Conference led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq has started to see hope in BJP's Prime Ministerial candidate Narendra Modi vis-à-vis Kashmir issue. Mirwaiz believes if Modi comes to power and toes the same line on Kashmir that was adopted by Atal Bihari Vajpayee, there is a scope to move forward on Kashmir. He, however, made it clear that past 10 year of UPA regime were anti-Kashmir as Congress-led government at the Centre and National Conference regime in JK adopted oppressive tactics to block ways for Kashmir resolution. 'Modi will come to power only if people of India want him to lead the country. He has a baggage of Gujarat communal riots. It would be important to watch his conduct in case he assumes the office of Prime Minister,' Mirwaiz said. 'For the overall socio-political and economic development of South Asia, the Indian leadership has to look beyond the narrow, communal and parochial boundaries and strive to address the vital issues. That will culminate in an atmosphere of mutual trust and understanding,' he said. The Hurriyat (M) chairman said Modi can't be an exception to the reality. 'As far the people of Kashmir are concerned, change of guard is of little significance for them. What matters is change of policy vis-a-vis Kashmir issue. If Modi is elected as the Prime Minister and if he pursues the outlook of Vajpayee on Kashmir issue, there is a scope of moving forward to find an amicable solution to the vexed issue,' Mirwaiz said. On Kashmir issue, Vajpayee had stated that he would do whatever possible 'within the ambit of humanity.'